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Evander Holyfield Names Bizarre Condition For Charity Bout With Mike Tyson

Evander Holyfield Names Bizarre Condition For Charity Bout With Mike Tyson

Evander Holyfield welcomes a charity fight with Mike Tyson but wants a 'no knockout' rule inserted into a potential bout.

Now in their 50's, both Holyfield and Tyson have been training for a return to the ring in and it's fuelled speculation of a potential trilogy bout.

Holyfield won the first two, the second being because of Tyson taking a chunk out of his ear and being disqualified, and he's keen on mixing it up again for a good cause.

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'The Real Deal' had 29 KOs from his 44 career wins, while knockout artist Tyson produced a staggering 44 KOs.

Yet despite this, Holyfield does not want this fight to be about knockouts.

"Yes, I want to fight Mike Tyson," Holyfield told The Sun.

"My whole thing is I'm open, and I know that I want to do well for myself at age 57. I can definitely handle him. But Mike would have to want to do it as well.

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"We have to come up with something that is not a knockout grudge match. It's not about who can beat who, but to show people we were some of the greatest fighters in our era and we've come together as men to do something for others.

"I don't have anything against Mike personally, the thing is I think it would be good for the sport and even though boxing is a rough sport, we can show people we can come together."

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Tyson has gone on record to say he "feels unstoppable" and in the same shape he was in when he was in his prime but Holyfield, four years his senior, is also in "very good condition" according to the man himself.

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"If we do this fight it would be great. I can still shoot the jab, I can still shoot the shots, but not like a killing thing, [not like] "I'm going to hurt you, I'm going to show you that I can knock him out".

"Mike is looking sharp, but I'm in very good condition and shape physically and mentally. And if the money is right, too, then let's get it on. 'I know he's getting offers from all types of people.

"Since we have both announced a comeback, a fight between me and Mike would definitely be the fight people want to see."

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An insider close to the 'Baddest Man on the Planet' stated he would only fight a bonafide boxer upon his return to the ring for some exhibition charity fights.

Tyson and Holyfield have long since buried the hatchet, with the pair sitting down to discuss the controversial incident on Tyson's podcast back in November.

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Boxing, Charity, Evander Holyfield

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