Mike Tyson‘s triumphant return to the ring last November has led several other legendary boxers to reignite their respective careers. Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is among those ready to make his comeback. Holyfield‘s return to the squared circle is now set in stone as he’s facing an opponent that is quite familiar to his longtime rival.
Evander Holyfield trains for comeback fight
Like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield couldn’t fight the itch to get back into the ring despite being in his late 50s.
Holyfield has spent nearly the last year getting in shape to make a comeback attempt. The 58-year-old’s final match came in May 2011, where he knocked out Brian Nielsen in the 10th round.
Following his loss to Lennox Lewis, Holyfield continued his career for 15 more fights over the next decade, racking up an 8-6-1 record over that span. In the latter years of his career, he wasn’t the same fighter, while his money issues were well documented.
Despite all that, Holyfield has chosen to make a comeback more than a decade after his last professional fight. The former heavyweight champion now has his return date set, and the opponent is quite familiar to his longtime rival.
Evander Holyfield is stepping back into the ring to face the guy who sent Mike Tyson into retirement
Since last May, Evander Holyfield has remained on a steady path toward getting back into the ring.
According to Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix, Holyfield’s efforts have landed him his first fight in a decade as he will get into the squared circle on June 5 against Kevin McBride. The match will be held on Triller Fight Club as an undercard bout for Teofimo Lopez’s unified lightweight title defense fight against George Kambosos in Miami.
There had been some significant discussions of Holyfield working out a match against Mike Tyson. However, the 58-year-old voiced that Tyson turned down $25 million guaranteed to face him.
Instead, Holyfield is facing the boxer who ended Tyson’s professional career back in June 2005. McBride is also stepping back into the ring for the first time in nearly a decade. He finished his career dropping six out of his last seven bouts, including his final three matches.
Holyfield and McBride’s fight is expected to be an eight-round format with two-minute periods in each round with no headgear.
A third fight against Mike Tyson remains an option
Since Evander Holyfield announced his plans to make a comeback attempt last year, the overwhelming hope was that it would lead toward a third fight against Mike Tyson.
Holyfield had repeatedly voiced a strong desire to get back into the ring with his longtime rival. In recent weeks, the two camps for both legendary fighters were working toward a match.
However, the talks fell apart as they couldn’t agree to terms. Tyson has also voiced that he wants to face Holyfield again, along with Lennox Lewis and Tyson Fury.
A third showdown may still be on the table, but that solely depends on both fighters performing well in their upcoming matches later this year. At the moment, Tyson still doesn’t have a fight set in stone, but the expectation is that he will find an opponent soon.
Ultimately, time will tell if boxing fans will get to see the two legendary fighters square off for a third time.