The world of sports and sports betting might soon witness one of boxing's biggest rivals in the 1990s step on the ring once again and exchange blows.
“No more excuses.”
These are the exact words former professional boxer Evander Holyfield said after watching the exhibition match of his rival Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Holyfield, who was hailed as the undisputed heavyweight champion in the early 1990s, said that a third fight between him and Tyson is the must-see global event especially for Bitcoin sports betting sites, following Tyson and Jones’ bout ending in a draw:
“My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses. Now I can see why he wanted a tuneup fight before thinking about fighting me. No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies. Saturday night you said you were ready to fight me, so sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it’s on you now. I’m ready.”
Holyfield and Tyson first met inside the ring in November 1996, wherein the then-recently retired Holyfield scored a TKO victory in the 11th round.
Tyson in his prime performance agreed to a rematch in June 1997 but failed to snatch the belt after his controversial and infamous disqualification when he twice bit Holyfield’s ear, ripping a piece off after the first bite.
Now 54 years old, Tyson is game for another exhibition fight in the future, and Holyfield looks forward to being the one on the opposite corner of the ring. And this is what boxing fans want to see besides the Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao rematch.
Tyson, however, expressed his intentions to fight Holyfield but noted the latter’s business associates are to blame if the highly anticipated fight doesn’t push through:
“Maybe Evander needs to talk to me because every time my business associates talk to his business associates, it doesn’t turn out well. So, I don’t know. If you could see what we made tonight, if these guys really care about the welfare of Evander, they would have had this fight with Evander. Maybe we’ll do another, but whoever he’s with, whoever is handling him is totally wrong.”
Following the first exhibition match, Tyson is guaranteed to receive one million dollars and reportedly will likely make 10 million USD from pay-per-view buys. Holyfield, on the other hand, said in a podcast that he would step in the ring once more for at least 25 million USD.
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