Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

21.36 25 May 2020


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Evander Holyfield has opened the door for a charity bout with his rival Mike Tyson.

The pair twice met in the ring during their careers with Tyson biting his opponent's ear in their fight in 1997.

Holyfield says he's willing to step through the ropes for a third encounter but "Iron Mike" has to request it.

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"If I ask him it's almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I've beaten twice," the 57-year-old told the BBC. "I don't want pressure on me that 'you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him'.

"If he hits me I'm gonna hit you back, that's what boxing is really about. I'm gonna be 58, he'll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it.

"Anybody that I get in the ring with, if I'm in there with my brother, if he tag me I'm gonna tag him back. If you don't want me to throw bombs you'd better not throw no bombs."

"I don't have no problem with it. I'm doing it for my foundation to tell them what life is really about.

"When they see me box at 58 years old, they're gonna go 'wow, how did you do that?' Taking care of yourself, listen to your momma, listen to your father.

"When you become an adult you don't just say all that stuff my parents told me don't work. The reason you made it this far is because of these things your parents told you. I had good parents and a good coach."


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