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Mike Tyson Confirms Fight With Evander Holyfield Is On

Ryan Sidle

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Mike Tyson Confirms Fight With Evander Holyfield Is On

Mike Tyson has confirmed he will be fighting Evander Holyfield, the man whose ear he took a chunk out of, for a third time on May 29th.

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Tyson returned to action in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr last year, the first time he'd been in the ring for 15 years.

The event was well received and the former heavyweight world champion looked in decent shape for a 54-year-old on his return, leading to the possibility of another fight.

Just last week the former 'baddest man on the planet' confirmed that the next fight would be taking place in May, confirming the fight would happen in Miami, but without an opponent.

Holyfield has been mentioned in the past, though that idea seemed dead just yesterday, and now 'Iron Mike' has confirmed he will once again meet his old rival.

"I just want everybody to know the fight is on with me and Holyfield," Tyson said in an Instagram Live with Haute Living magazine.

"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."

Only 24 hours before the fight was confirmed it looked dead in the water, with Holyfield's team claiming that talks had fallen through.

"We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time," Kris Lawrence had said.

There were claims that Tyson turned down a guaranteed $25 million in negotiations, for the fight at the Hard Rock Stadium.

The two rivals side by side 18 months ago. Image: PA Images
The two rivals side by side 18 months ago. Image: PA Images

The two men were meant to face in 1990 but Tyson was shocked by underdog Buster Douglas in what was seen as a tune up fight early that year.

The loss robbed the world of the meeting and they would have to wait six years, after the New York boxer had been to prison on rape charges, for the pair to finally get it on.

Holyfield won the WBA heavyweight world title by winning with an 11th round stoppage in the MGM Grand in November 1996.

Tyson got his rematch just over seven months later in the same venue. With Holyfield once again looking dominant, 'Iron Mike' took a bite of his opponent's ear in the third round, leading to a DQ.

The world will no doubt be excited to see how their third meeting plays out!

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing, Heavyweight

Ryan Sidle
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