April 13, 2021

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Still hope for Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield as son Evan reveals sparring plan

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Tyson and Holyfield remain in talks for a third fight (Picture: Getty)

Evan Holyfield, son of ring legend Evander, believes there is still hope of his father fighting Mike Tyson for a third time this year – and would jump at the chance to get some sparring rounds in before the opening bell.

Holyfield and Tyson shared two titanic heavyweight bouts in 1996 and 1997 and with both men out of retirement, talks have been held for a trilogy fight on 29 May.

An agreement was thought to be close with ‘Iron Mike’ declaring on Instagram last week: ‘I just want everybody to know, the fight is on with me and Holyfield.’

Tyson’s representatives however have since suggested the two parties are still far apart in talks.

Evan Holyfield is following in his father’s footsteps, turning professional in November 2019 and is unbeaten in four fights with his fifth outing pencilled in this month.  

Evan Holyfield 4-0 as a pro (Picture: Getty)

The super-welterweight prospect was not even born when his father and Tyson went to war at the height of their careers and he is eager to see it play out for a third time. And while he believes money is at the heart of the current stand-off, he hopes the financial details can still be resolved.

‘I hope it’s the fight that is being made. It would be great fight to watch, to watch them go at it all over again,’ Evan told

‘Hopefully they can get it all ironed out. The only thing holding up the fight, and this is just me just guessing, is somebody wanted to be paid more than the other. One person is like, “I’m bringing the money to the table,” and the other person is like, “I beat you twice.” That’s probably the simplicity of the whole thing, money.’

23-year-old Evan is determined to carve out his own legacy in the sport and will return to the ring on April 10. While that is his immediate priority, he hopes to put in some rounds with the former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion to help him prepare for his comeback.

Tyson was disqualified during ‘The Bite Fight’ in 1997 (Picture: Getty)

‘I was trying to get down to Florida to him. I said “let me get some rounds in with you!” At least one. That’s a bucket list thing man, I just want one sparring round with him at least before [the fight]. If this fight doesn’t go though I’ve got to at least get it before he gets out of shape.

‘I only want one round, that’s how good he’s looking! That’s how good shape he is in.’

Evan hopes to keep busy in 2021 as he continues to develop as a fighter working under trainer Mike Stafford in Connecticut. And if a spot opens up on any Tyson vs Holyfield undercard, he is ready to step in.

Could two Holyfields fight on the same card? (Picture: Getty)

‘That would be almost a dream come true,’ he continued. ‘But I can’t say its a dream because it isn’t something I thought would ever actually happen.

‘But now the reality is there, of course I would say yes. I feel like that would be something really big, something worth holding really close to the heart because memories never die. It’s something that is really rare, a father and son fighting on the same card? It would be perfect timing.’

Evan has no qualms over his 58-year-old father returning to the ring to take on a 54-year-old Tyson and believes the boxing and wider community will benefit.

‘I feel it’s a good thing. The coolest thing about this is that some of the money will be going towards charity. If that’s the cause, why not?’ Evan said.

‘It’s a great thing for them, especially if it helps out the less fortunate. I feel it’s a good thing in that respect but I also feel it’s a good thing for the business of the sport. A lot of people are interested in this fight or this exhibition. It’s all about staying safe and having fun and as long as that the M.O and that’s what happens, I feel it’s a good thing for the boxing community.’

Tyson returned to the ring after a 15-year retirement last November, fighting another boxing great in Roy Jones Jnr in an exhibition bout which was ruled a draw.

MORE : Evan Holyfield: Son of ring legend Evander following in his father’s footsteps but vows to keep boxing and family separate

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