Evander Holyfield Says Mike Tyson Canceled Their Proposed Bout

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At the end of the day, this is probably a good thing.

Evander Holyfield tells TMZ that the proposed boxing match between himself and Mike Tyson has been scrapped.

Holyfield stated that negotiations for what would be a third fight between the two rivals have died and that the fight won’t happen.

Holyfield’s camp seemed upset that Tyson was backing out.

“Team Holyfield sincerely believed a deal was imminent, especially after the Hard Rock threw its support behind the project, and there were multiple other offers conveyed to Team Tyson,” Holyfield’s camp said in a statement.

“However, Team Tyson’s demands recently became untenable, and not what Mike Tyson had originally agreed on in direct conversations with Holyfield.”

“We thought this was a done deal, but it quickly fell apart when Tyson’s people declined all offers,” Holyfield’s manager Kris Lawrence said.

“We were negotiating in good faith all along, and it appears we just ended up wasting our time.”

Last week, Tyson announced on his podcast that he’d be back in the ring on May 29th with a huge event, so everyone assumed the person he’d be going up against was Holyfield.

Tyson is 54 years old, Holyfield is 58.

Now it’s anyone’s guess as to whom Tyson will fight at the end of May.

TMZ says that Holyfield and Tyson spoke on the phone very early in talks for a third fight and that the two were going to settle on a 50/50 profit split.

The two had a pair of memorable bouts back in the mid-90s. In the first fight, Holyfield upset Tyson, and in the second bout, Tyson famously bit the ear of Holyfield

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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