Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has confirmed he is in talks for a trilogy fight with Mike Tyson.
‘Iron Mike’ returned to the boxing ring for the first time in 15 years when he fought Roy Jones Jr. to a draw in their eight-round exhibition bout on November 28. While it was a major success overall, many wanted to see Tyson face his old rival in Holyfield instead. In the post-fight press conference, Tyson laid the blame on Holyfield’s team for the fight not coming to fruition.
In an interview with The Sun, Holyfield confirmed the two camps are in talks for the eagerly anticipated fight, he said.
“The thing is that if it’s meant to be it will happen, either way, it is what it is. What I can tell you is that my team is talking to Mike’s management, so I’m waiting for a decision. They are communicating right now. The thing is I’m still training for this, I know it will be some day this deal will happen and I’m ready for him. I’m doing OK.
“My views are you always help people. I try to pass on the goodness that was passed onto me,” Holyfield added. “Where an opportunity is available, I like to make the best out of what I have. I believe if I fought Mike the fight will generate $200 million. It will be the biggest fight there is. That’s the honest truth. I think Mike has my message already. It’s a decision he has to make now and we both have to be in an agreement.
“I’m not going to tell anybody what I’m going to do – my strategy I’m planning on using against Mike – I don’t want anyone to know. I’m happy if Mike fights me.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
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