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Evander Holyfield: ‘It’s Too Late’ for Mike Tyson Exhibition Fight; ‘I’m Done Now’

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A quarter-century later, the Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield rivalry is officially over.

Holyfield says he’s got no fascination with a potential third fight Tyson following the pair previously discussed comeback bouts in 2021.

“Too late now. … I’m done now,” Holyfield told TMZ Sports.

Tyson lately returned to the ring in November 2020 for an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. In the aftermath of this largely well-received exhibition between legends, there is talk of Tyson and Holyfield engaging in the ring. The fight never happened, and Holyfield revealed Tyson rejected a potential $25 million purse.

Holyfield instead made his boxing return against Vitor Belfort in September 2021, losing in the initial round via technical knockout. It appears his poor performance against Belfort was enough for the 59-year-old Holyfield to hold up the gloves once and for all.

Holyfield, needless to say, has nothing to prove against 56-year-old Tyson. He defeated Iron Mike via TKO in 1996 and again via disqualification per year later when Tyson bit off section of Holyfield’s ear.

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