Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 3: Comparing the legendary heavyweight rivals in their 50s ahead of possible fight
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are plotting ring returns in 2020.
The iconic heavyweight rivals, who squared off twice in the 1990s, have posted training videos on social media in the past month with both men declaring, ‘I’m back.’
Speculation of a trilogy exhibition fight emerged and Holyfield told The 3 Point Conversation: “Well the thing is, he was doing something and I was doing something.
“When I told people, they saw me working out and they kind of put two and two together, ‘They must be coming together to do this [trilogy fight] like this.’
“But the fact of the matter is, I didn’t mind if we do something like this.
“His people have been talking to my people and we haven’t yet got a solid deal together but it’s coming that way.
“If it happens, then that’s no problem.”
TALE OF THE TAPE
Age – 53
Fights – 58
Wins – 50
KOs – 44
Losses – 6
Draws – 0
No Contests – 2
Height – 5ft 10ins
Reach – 70ins
Stance – Orthodox
Age – 57
Fights – 57
Wins – 44
KOs – 29
Losses – 10
Draws – 2
No Contests – 1
Height – 6ft 2½ins
Reach – 78ins
Stance – Orthodox
In his prime Tyson became the youngest heavyweight world champion in boxing history and subsequently one of the most famous people on the planet.
In 1986, aged 20, he knocked out Trevor Berbick to win the WBC belt and in 1988, aged 22, he collected all of the available titles to become undisputed champion.
His aura of invincibility was shattered by Buster Douglas in 1990 and the comeback trail was interrupted by a prison sentence for rape.
Although Tyson did return upon release and became a two-time champion by beating Frank Bruno in 1996, his career never reached the same heights.
Two defeats against Holyfield, followed by losses to Lennox Lewis, Danny Williams and Kevin McBride saw the end of his career with a record of 50-6 (2 NCs).
Tyson is now 53 years of age and last fought in 2005, when he was 38. Following retirement, his personality has mellowed significantly.
Despite the tragic loss of his four-year-old daughter, Tyson stabilised and remarried – this time to longtime girlfriend Lakiha ‘Kiki’ Spicer.
He has dabbled in various different careers from endorsement deals to film/TV acting cameos, even launching his own hugely profitable cannabis business which is his main focus today.
After controversially only winning bronze at the 1984 Olympics, Holyfield turned professional and began an assault on the cruiserweight division.
By 1986 he was world champion (like Tyson) and by 1988 had picked up the rest of the belts to become undisputed (like Tyson).
Holyfield then moved up to heavyweight to pursue a clash of undisputed champions, only to see ‘Iron Mike’ dethroned by Buster Douglas instead.
Douglas struggled to deal with the stardom of becoming heavyweight king and was easy pickings for Holyfield, who knocked him out eight months later.
The ‘Real Deal’ is the only man ever to become undisputed champion at cruiserweight and heavyweight, and went on to become a four-time heavyweight champion.
Despite losing two fights of his trilogy with Riddick Bowe and also being beaten by Michael Moorer, Holyfield twice defeated Tyson before losing to Lennox Lewis.
He kept fighting all the way up until 2011, aged 48, but ultimately failed to achieve his final goal of becoming a five-time heavyweight champion.
Holyfield retired with a record of 44-10-2 and has since enjoyed various opportunities away from the ring. He is now 57 years of age.
When they first fought in 1996, Holyfield put on a fantastic display to achieve a sizeable upset.
He stopped Tyson in the eleventh to set up their rematch the following year.
In the second bout, all hell broke loose as Tyson twice bit Holyfield’s ear and was disqualified as a result.
The ‘Bite Fight’ made headlines around the world and remains one of the most infamous sporting moments ever seen.