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The main man behind a boxing streaming service is doing something that few are brave (or dumb) enough to do – calling Mike Tyson scared. Triller head honcho Ryan Kavanaugh did just that when discussing a failed attempt to get Iron Mike back in the ring with one-time rival Evander Holyfield.
🗣 Ryan Kavanaugh:
"I have heard, from a number of reliable sources, that Mike Tyson is too scared. He thinks Evander Holyfield would knock him out." pic.twitter.com/5jmb1KH9Ny
— MansionBet (@MansionBet) September 7, 2021
While promoting Saturday’s Holyfield – Vitor Belfort fight (which will feature former President Donald Trump on the broadcast), Kavanaugh took aim at Tyson, via Sky Sports: “We have an offer out to Mike. We know he is trying to stage a fight with Lennox Lewis. We have been told that he is scared to fight Evander. There has been back and forth hoopla, there is a massive payday ready for Mike to fight on Thanksgiving. A massive payday, one of his biggest. But we can’t seem to push it along.”
Attacking Mike with all the fury of a 1990 Buster Douglas jab, Kavanaugh didn’t relent: “Now I have heard from a number of reliable sources that Mike is too scared. He thinks Evander would knock him out.”
Tyson and Holyfield previously fought twice before, and Holyfield won both bouts. First by TKO, then via disqualification when Tyson went nibbling on some ear candy.
Last November, Tyson returned to the ring for an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr. The successful showing led to rumored bouts with Holyfield, Lewis, Jake Paul and countless others. But so far, the Baddest Man on the Planet has decided to remain idle.
Holyfield, 58, is headlining Saturday night’s Triller card which has “The Real Deal” trading fists with former UFC champ Vitor Belfort. Could a scared Tyson be next in line for this weekend’s winner?