Evander tells TMZ Sports he’s down to run it back again with Iron Mike — but says a third match with Tyson ain’t his first choice for his return to the sanctioned boxing ring.
“My manager, they’ve been talking and all that,” 57-year-old Holyfield tells us, “but the fact is that with me personally, I think for me to ask, the only person that I would actually really ask is Riddick Bowe.”
Holyfield says he’s more open to a third fight with 52-year-old Bowe instead of Mike because frankly, “me and him are buddies!”
But, don’t get it twisted … Evander says he’s still cool with Mike after the two got past their infamous beef over the 1997 ear-biting incident — with Holyfield still seeming genuinely interested in an exhibition rematch with the guy.
Of course, as we previously reported, both Holyfield AND 53-year-old Tyson announced this month they’re looking into fighting soon in an effort to raise cash for charity.
Tyson says he’s hoping to gather money for drug addicts and homeless people … while Evander is trying to raise funds for #Unite4OurFight, a campaign aimed at helping underprivileged students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neither side has given any indication of a timeline for a return … but with nobody overtly against another Tyson-Holyfield tilt — it seems it could really go down.
And, we can. Not. Wait!
Evander Holyfield Announces Boxing Comeback, I’ve Been Training Too!
Mike Tyson ain’t the only heavyweight training for a comeback — Evander Holyfield tells TMZ Sports he’s gearing up for another fight at 57-years-old!
“The Champ is back,” Holyfield tells us … “I’d like to announce that I will be making a comeback to the ring.”
“I will be fighting in exhibition matches for a great cause.”
Holyfield — who hasn’t had a sanctioned fight in 9 years — says the goal is to raise money for the #Unite4OurFight campaign which “aims to provide students the resources they need for emotional development and education.”
We know what you’re thinking … WHO IS THE OPPONENT?
Evander’s team hasn’t announced that yet — but we’re all thinking the same thing … Holyfield vs. Tyson 3???
As we previously reported, 53-year-old Tyson has been training again and wants to take exhibition fights to raise money for charities near and dear to his heart as well … but there’s no official deal yet.
Of course, Tyson and Holyfield had issues over the years after Mike bit off Evander’s ear during a 1997 fight — but Tyson has apologized and they’ve actually become friends.
So, could there be a 3rd scrap if all the money would go to charity? Don’t rule it out.
Holyfield was 44-10-2 as a pro — with TWO victories over Mike Tyson. He’s widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time.