Mike Tyson In Talks Over ‘£150 Million’ Heavyweight Super-Fight For 2021
Mike Tyson is reportedly in talks for a 2021 exhibition fight with a fellow boxing legend that could be worth up to $200 million (£150 million).
Tyson's 2020 comeback bout against Roy Jones Jr was a smash hit on pay-per-view with a reported 1.6 million buys in the US alone, meaning promoters Triller generated more than $80 million in revenue.
Now, Tyson's old rival Evander Holyfield has said he's deep in talks to become Iron Mike's next opponent and believes the interest - and money - will dwarf that of Tyson vs Jones.
"What I can tell you is that my team is talking to Mike's management, so I'm waiting for a decision. They are communicating right now," Holyfield told SunSport.
"The thing is I'm still training for this, I know it will be someday this deal will happen and I'm ready for him. I'm doing OK."
Holyfield is 58 years old but is staying in great shape in the belief that a third fight (albeit likely not a professional contest) with Tyson will happen. It's something which seems far more likely given the financial success of Tyson-Jones.
Tyson and Holyfield first fought in 1996 when the underdog 'Real Deal' upset Tyson with an 11th-round stoppage. Their 1997 rematch lives in infamy as the fight saw Tyson disqualified for biting a chunk out of Holyfield's ear.
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But despite that insanity, the pair have made up and have become firm friends. So negotiations for another fight - 24 years later - would seem to be simple. Especially as Tyson has said he wants to keep fighting exhibition bouts and Holyfield is clearly keen.
"My views are you always help people. I try to pass on the goodness that was passed onto me," said Holyfield to SunSport.
"Where an opportunity is available, I like to make the best out of what I have. I believe if I fought Mike the fight will generate $200 million.
"It will be the biggest fight there is. That's the honest truth. I think Mike has my message already. If he is going to do it he is, if not then he's not.
"It's a decision he has to make now and we both have to be in an agreement.
"I'm not going to tell anybody what I'm going to do - my strategy I'm planning on using against Mike - I don't want anyone to know.
"I'm happy if Mike fights me."
Featured image credit: Instagram @miketyson/PA Images
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