Evander Holyfield has warned Mike Tyson that he is in phenomenal shape ahead of a potential comeback fi-ght between the two heavyweight legends – though will only agree to the bout if kn-ockout pu-nches are ba-nned.The 57-year-old has been out of the ring for nearly a decade but te-ased training footage earlier this week in response to Tyson’s own fer-ocious comeback video, even mim-icking his ‘I’m back’ statement.
Holyfield and Tyson, four years his junior, famously fo-ught twice in their primes, with Iron Mike disqualified in their 1997 rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after bi-ting his opponent’s ear.Despite the incident, Holyfield insists he holds no il-l will towards Tyson and would love to jump back into the ring with him, though only on the condition that neither fi-ghter goes after a KO.
Asked if he would be keen to take on Tyson for a third time, Holyfield told The Sun: ‘I would do that! Yes, I want to fi-ght Mike Tyson.‘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.’On the terms of the fi-ght, Holyfield continued: ‘We have to come up with something that is not a kn-ockout gru-dge match.
‘It’s not about who can beat who, but to show people we were some of the greatest fi-ghters in our era and we’ve come together as men to do something for others.‘I don’t have anything aga-inst 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.‘If we do this fi-ght it would be great. I can still sho-ot the j-ab, I can still sho-ot the sh-ots, but not like a ki-lling thing, [not like] “I’m going to hu-rt you, I’m going to show you that I can kno-ck him out”.
‘Mike is looking sharp, but I’m in very good condition and shape physically and ment-ally. 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 fi-ght between me and Mike would definitely be the f-ight people want to see.’
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