Evander Holyfield will happily fight Mike Tyson for a third time after he beats Kevin McBride on June 5.
The heavyweight exhibition fight will take place on the undercard of a Triller pay-per-view that is set to be headlined by Teofimo Lopez’s vs. George Kambosos.
Holyfield had previously been in talks for a highly anticipated fight with Tyson who returned to the ring for the first time in 15 years when he faced Roy Jones Jr. last year. According to representatives of ‘The Real Deal’ talks for a fight with Tyson broke down after the heavyweight legend turned down a $25 million offer.
“They started about talking about a fight and how much money I could possibly get. So they made it kind of interesting that possibly a fight between Mike and I could be a big one,” Holyfield said.
“And with the Covid situation, people are looking for things to watch at home and all that, and with the amount of money they were talking about paying me to do an exhibition, I thought, ‘Oh wow, OK.’
“So I told them I was interested, but I didn’t want to ask Mike myself because I have beaten Mike twice and I think if I asked him myself it would make me kind of a bully trying to fight somebody that I have beaten twice already. But if somebody got him to call me and he said he wants to do it then I would.
“His people talked [with mine] two different times. I don’t necessarily think that was him that pulled out. I think in general, like you say, it was a lot of money. And so when you’ve got a lot of money, you’ve got all these different people with you and they start thinking about how they could get their money. So, of course , it’s not going to be that way.
“I’m precautious. I’m not going up against somebody who is 22, 30 or 35. I’m going up against Kevin McBride who is in his late 40s. Whole thing is it’s a good match up. I will beat him. As for Mike Tyson, like I said, if he wants to do it, I will still fight him.”
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