Evander Holyfield open to Mike Tyson exhibition bout despite combined age of 116

Evander Holyfield would be interested in having an exhibition bout against Mike Tyson.

Over the course of the 1990s, the boxing legends had one of the most vicious and heated rivalries in sports history. After stopping Tyson in emphatic fashion in 1996, ‘Iron Mike’ bit a huge chunk of Holyfield’s ear off in their 1997 rematch.

Tyson was immediately disqualified from the contest and fined a hefty $3m by the boxing authorities. However, the pair are now believed to be good friends and have put all of their differences aside.

So much so that Holyfield would relish an opportunity to step into the squared circle with his old rival – just don’t mention the 116 years of age they share between them

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"Well, if we do fine,” Holyfield, 60, said to the Sun. “My whole thing is it's not all about me, it's about both of us.

"We do it, make some money that we probably wouldn't be able to make, so the big thing is finding something that we both can do that we understand that it's not a fight. It's showing some kind skills, showing skills but it's not a real fight.

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“We're not trying to kill each other." Holyfield fought his last competitive bout in 2011, when he stopped Brian Nielsen at the age of 48.

He hung up his gloves and departed the world of elite fighting with a 44-10 record. Meanwhile, Tyson, who is 56-years-old, came out of retirement to take on Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout in 2020.

The pair fought eight rounds and both came out unscathed. However, Holyfield’s exhibition return did not go to plan as he was beaten up by former UFC star Vitor Belfort.

But that experience does not mean he would be completely put off having more exhibition fights. "Well, exhibitions are showing that you took care of your body and you're still entertaining,” he added. "But it's not supposed to be real, it's supposed to be a point of just having fun."

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