Once again, legendary boxer Mike Tyson has claimed he’ll be fighting another boxing icon later this year. After his trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield fell through, Tyson has now announced that he’ll be fighting another former champion he’s fought before: Lennox Lewis.
Back in March, Tyson made the huge announcement that he’d be fighting Evander Holyfield one more time on May 29. The news made waves across the sports world, however, it seems that Tyson jumped the gun. He seemed to be unaware that his representatives never came to terms with Holyfield’s team. Therefore Tyson misspoke when announcing Tyson-Holyfield III.
Yet it seems like Tyson’s camp has another equally enticing bout lined up for 2021. TMZ caught up with Mike Tyson while he was in Los Angeles, California recently. When they asked him about his next potential fight, he was straight to the point.
“I’m gonna fight Lennox Lewis… September,” Tyson told TMZ.
Although there’s no official confirmation from Lewis, the fight would indeed generate plenty of hype. It would be the second time the two iconic boxing champs entered the ring. Their first bout came in 2002 where Lewis knocked out Tyson in the 8th Round to retain all four of his championship belts.
Following the fight, Lewis fought one more time in 2003. He beat Vitali Klitschko before retiring as a champion at the age of 39. The British pugilist specialist, who is now 55, ended his career as one of the greatest heavyweights to ever step in a ring.
Although Lewis hasn’t fought in any official matches since retirement, Tyson faced Roy Jones Jr. in November. Tyson, 54, has been in full training mode since last summer, so Lewis may have some catching up to do. If Tyson’s claim is correct, Lewis will have until September to get fight ready.
Mike Tyson Announces Evander Holyfield Fight Prematurely
Almost 25 years after their last infamous fight, which came to be known as “The Bite Fight,” Holyfield vs. Tyson III seemed like it was a go. It would’ve been the third fight between the two iconic boxers.
In late March, Tyson misspoke during an IG Live session with Haute Living when announcing the fight. It came as a shock since negotiations between the two fighters’ camps seemed to hit a dead end just days before.
“I just want everybody to know the fight is on with me and Holyfield,” Mike Tyson announced.
“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.
There was already a considerable amount of hype over the possible trilogy fight. After Tyson confirmed it on his end, the boxing world went crazy with anticipation. 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.
Unfortunately, Mike Tyson spoke too soon. There was never an agreement in place between the two fighters. Negotiations continued to stall, and according to Holyfield’s manager Kris Lawrence, the talks had “fallen apart” even before Tyson’s announcement. Supposedly Tyson’s team declined a $25 million guarantee to fight on May 29, and that was the beginning to the end.
“We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time,” Lawrence said of the possible fight.