Mike Tyson Eyes May 2021 Return In Miami But Not Against Evander Holyfield

    Mike Tyson proved age is nothing but a number recently when he had his successful boxing exhibition against Roy Jones, Jr. back in November.

    “I felt better than I anticipated,” said Tyson about the Jones fight. “I thought I would be a little more nervous than I was, but I was relaxed. I felt like, wow, I could do some more, I could punch more combinations, I could do this and do that. I said, ‘Wow, this is interesting.’ And I want to do it again, and I want to do it against someone I could go all out on. It made me interested in wanting to do it again.

    “I wanted to go the distance. I didn’t want to knock anybody out. That’s what people expected, but I wanted to go the distance.”

    However, the former champ isn’t done. Recently, Tyson said he’ll be back in the ring in late May.

    The former boxing heavyweight champ recently said his next bout will take place on Memorial Day weekend at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

    The presumptive date is Saturday, May 29.

    Tyson made the announcement on his popular “Hotboxin’” podcast while speaking to guests Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso.

    However, fans looking for the trilogy bout between Tyson and Evander Holyfield will not get their wish.

    Representatives of Evander Holyfield recently expressed frustration after Mike Tyson’s representatives refused to accept a $25,000,000 guarantee from Team Holyfield to participate in Tyson v Holyfield 3.

     The event was targeted for the Hard Rock Stadium to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Apparently, the parties have been in intense negotiations for several months and Team Holyfield sincerely believed a deal was imminent.

    In addition, the Hard Rock threw its support behind the project, and there were multiple other offers conveyed to Team Tyson. However, according to Holyfield’s camp, Team Tyson’s demands recently became untenable, and not what Mike Tyson had originally agreed on in direct conversations with Holyfield.
    With negotiations now at a standstill and the date rapidly approaching, it seems unlikely that this fight will occur as planned.
    “We thought this was a done deal but it quickly fell apart when Tyson’s people declined all offers,” said Kris Lawrence, Evander Holyfield’s manager. “We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time.”

    Tyson was last in the ring with Holyfield in June 1997, when Tyson was disqualified for twice biting Holyfield’s ear in one of the most infamous incidents in sports history.

    Holyfield eventually forgave Tyson.

    Holyfield had taken Tyson’s heavyweight title by a stunning 11th-round knockout in November 1996.

    Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.