As longtime ring announcer Michael Buffer would say, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” No, this isn’t a misprint and it’s not the 1990s. Legendary heavyweight boxing champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield have officially set a date for their rematch.
Almost 25 years after their last infamous fight, which came to be known as “The Bite Fight,” Holyfield vs. Tyson III is a go. It will be the third fight between the two iconic boxers. However, each fighter is in their 50s now, and not exactly in their prime. That said, by the look of recent training clips of either fighter, they’re both still in fantastic shape. So sparks could fly during the bout considering the duo’s history in the ring.
Tyson, 54, revealed the big news on Tuesday night during an IG Live session with Haute Living. It came as a shock to many since recent negotiations between the two fighters’ camps seemed to hit a dead end.
“I just want everybody to know the fight is on with me and Holyfield,” Tyson announced on Tuesday.
“Holyfield’s a humble man I know that and he’s a man of God but I’m God’s man. Listen, I’m going to be successful May 29,” he exclaimed, while also confirming the fight date.
Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield Fight On After Previously Falling Through
The announcement from Mike Tyson comes as a bit of a surprise. On Monday, Evander Holyfield, 58, and his camp announced that negotiations with Tyson had stalled, so the fight seemed highly unlikely.
Supposedly, Tyson wanted an enormous cut of the take. In addition, it was reported that Tyson’s team declined a $25 million guarantee to fight on May 29. Holyfield’s manager, Kris Lawrence, stated on Monday that negotiations between the two boxers had “fallen apart.”
“We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time,” Lawrence said of the possible fight.
Allegedly, the two camps were working towards a Memorial Day weekend fight, which has been confirmed by Tyson. Furthermore, the two teams were looking at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida as the location. That information has not been confirmed as of yet.
There was already a considerable amount of hype over the possible trilogy fight. Now, it will be through the roof leading up to May 29. The pair last fought in 1997, when the bout ended with Tyson infamously biting a chunk out of Holyfield’s ear leading to Iron Mike’s disqualification.
In 2011, Holyfield competed in his last professional fight at 48 years old. He earned a TKO victory over Danish heavyweight Brian Nielsen. Additionally, Tyson last fought professionally in the mid-2000s. But he fought an exhibition match just last year in November 2020 against another former boxing champion, Roy Jones Jr. The bout went all eight rounds, ending in a draw.