Tyson could return to fight Holyfield again

Eurosport - Thu, 04 Mar 15:54:00 2010

Mike Tyson looks set for yet another boxing comeback with a third fight against Evander Holyfield already mooted as a possibility.

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The former heavyweight world champion, nicknamed 'Iron Mike', will be 44 in June and has not fought since 2005 when he refused to come out for the seventh round against Kevin McBride (pictured).

He lost three of his last four fights before retirement, with Britons Danny Williams and Lennox Lewis enjoying victories over him in his final years.

However, boxing website Ringside Report is now quoting a source close to Tyson as saying: "Former promoter Don King has a tentative deal for Tyson to return to the ring in late 2010.

"The initial plan is to have Tyson-Holyfield III, but there is rumoured hesitation on the part of Iron Mike, and there is a plan B.''

Tyson lost twice to Holyfield during a seven-month period in 1996-1997, and was famously disqualified for biting Holyfield's ear in the second of those fights.

Despite now being 47, Holyfield has fought six times since Tyson was last in the ring, and lost a controversial decision to Nikolai Valuev for the WBA heavyweight title in his last fight back in December 2008.

Valuev has since lost that title to Britain's David Haye.

Holyfield is due to fight South African Frans Botha, 41, in Las Vegas on 17 April.

Tyson and Holyfield recently appeared together on the Oprah Winfrey Show and appeared to be on good terms, while Tyson is said to have lost 40lbs after making an appearance on Italy's version of 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Tyson, who served three years in prison for rape in the early Nineties, has somewhat rebuilt his reputation thanks to an eponymous award-winning documentary about his life and also because of a popular cameo appearance in hit US comedy film 'The Hangover'.

Other potential opponents for a Tyson comeback fight that were listed by Ringside Report included former world cruiserweight champion Jean Mormeck, and the little known trio of Tony Grano, Vinny Maddalone and Derric Rossy.


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