Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

17.34 16 Apr 2021


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Evander Holyfield's return to the ring has been confirmed. 

The former heavyweight world champion - who turns 59 this year - will face Kevin McBride in a six-round contest in Florida on June 5.

The fight will be on the undercard to Teofimo Lopez's meeting with George Kambosos Jr.

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Holyfield retired from professional boxing in 2011, following a TKO victory over fellow veteran Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen.

His fight with McBride will be carried by the Triller platform that carried Mike Tyson's exhibition draw with Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020.

A third Holyfield - Tyson contest had been discussed, but the latter decided to walk away from the upstart pay-per-view outlet. "I’m a partner in Legends Only League, and my next event is with my league," Tyson said in a legal letter earlier this year.

"I will never do another event or any business with Triller, so anyone misrepresenting that they own the rights to my name or my next event isn’t true. I am not with or ever will be with Triller’s Fight Club."

Holyfield's opponent McBride is no spring chicken either.

The Clone-born heavyweight has also been a decade away from the ring, with his last outing in 2011 seeing him knocked out by Mariusz Wach.

The most famous win of his 46-fight career was beating Mike Tyson in 2005, a defeat that ended the latter's career until his reemergence last year.

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