Boxing champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield has teased Sunday on his twitter page that “It’s time for a comeback,” hinting that we would want a rematch against his arch-nemesis Mike “Iron” Tyson.
Four-time world heavyweight champion Holyfield’s last professional outing was when he knocked out Brian Nielsen. That was his 57th bout, he later hanged his gloves in 2014.
Holyfield, now aged 57, said he intended to return to the ring to raise funds for charity Unite 4 Our Fight, and preferred to fight Riddick Bowe, said SportingNews.
But when asked about the prospect of facing Tyson, now 53, again, Holyfield told TMZ Sports: “It wouldn’t bother me to do so. I’m always thinking that the person who takes care of themselves well, they’re the ones that tend to last even though I’m four years older than him. It would be no problem.
“My manager, he had talks and all that, but the fact is with me personally, I think that’s for me to ask; the only person I would actually really ask is Riddick Bowe because me and him are buddies,” he added.
In 1996, Holyfield stopped Tyson in the 11th round to win the WBA heavyweight belt.
A rematch was arranged in 1997, which resulted in a watershed moment for boxing history, as Tyson bit off a part Holyfield’s both ears during the third round of the bout.
Referee Mills Lane, disqualifies Tyson for biting Holyfield’s ears and the latter was declared the winner by way of disqualification and retained his WBA Champion of the world.