Mike Tyson: Charity bout with Evander Holyfield would be ‘awesome’
Mike Tyson has been generating a lot of buzz recently over a potential return to the ring at the age of 53, and one purportedly pitched bout has piqued the former heavyweight champ’s interest.
Rumors have been swirling about a potential boxing match between Tyson and his onetime ring rival, 57-year-old Evander Holyfield. Appearing on “TMZ Live” this week, Iron Mike made it clear he’d be all in on such a blast-from-the-past bout, with one caveat: It has to be for charity.
“That would be awesome for charity,” Tyson said. “… Can you imagine me and him going in the ring together?”
Tyson has consistently stated in recent weeks that any return to the ring would be for charitable purposes.
“Hey, listen, there are a lot of people out there that need help, and something like that could help a lot of people, that’s in need for help,” Tyson added.
Footage has been surfacing on social media in recent weeks that showcase how arguably the hardest puncher in boxing history remains in remarkably good shape and still possesses impressive speed and power at the age of 53.
The return of Mike Tyson: “I’m back.”— Complex (@Complex) May 17, 2020
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It turns out Holyfield is no slouch in keeping Father Time at arm’s length, either, as evidenced by training footage showcasing how the “The Real Deal” still possesses admirable sparring skills.
Mike Tyson has been working.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 13, 2020
Now Evander Holyfield’s back in the gym, too?
Interestingly enough, Holyfield has similarly expressed interest in a charity bout with Tyson, so perhaps such a spectacle could come to fruition. That being said, one of Tyson’s closest pals in the fighting business believes such a return, regardless of the noble reasons for doing so, would be an incredibly bad idea for the boxing legend.