Speculations about the ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and the heavyweight rival Evander Holyfield knocking heads this May were active until Tuesday when Evander’s camp announced that Mike had pulled off. Kris Lawrence, Evander’s manager, announced that Mike walked away from the guaranteed $25 million and shunned away from any further deals, among them the Trilogy deal scheduled to happen on May 29 at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami.
Kris stated- “We thought this was a done deal, but it quickly fell apart when Tyson’s people declined all offers. We were negotiating in good faith all along, and it appears we just ended up wasting our time.”
Evander’s camp’s statement seemed to dim the fight’s light as there can never be a fight without a mutual agreement between the two sides. Few days after the statement, the fight retakes another twist as Mike himself confirms that the fight is still on.
Talking to Haute Living live on Instagram, Mike confirmed that the trilogy is still on.
A day after Evander Holyfield's manager said the deal was off, Mike Tyson says his proposed May 29 fight with Holyfield is on 👀
Tyson says they still have to resolve a "small fundamental difference" and do some paperwork
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 24, 2021
“I just want everybody to know the fight is on with me and Holyfield,”
“The only thing we have to do is get some small, fundamental paperwork done, and then it’s all to the races for me and Evander.
“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.” The ‘Iron’ Mike announced.
Mike, who is currently 54, is looking forward to his third meeting with the champion, who is 58. The last two of their meeting wasn’t anything to recall for Mike as he lost both fights to the champion. The first meeting happened in 1996, where Mike lost by a technical knockout, and the rematch in 1997 saw him disqualified by biting off Evander’s ear.
The third fight between the two heavyweights will mark some of the two heavyweight beasts’ critical successes in boxing history. Phrases like, “He is probably the bravest man in boxing history. He is an athlete. He is always so quiet and calm, but he is a real beast. Just a beast, furious monster, a devil who gives himself free rein in the ring.” will surely never be forgotten, especially when said by the champions themselves.