Holyfield returns to charity at 57, could Tyson be next?
NEW YORK: Four-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield says he is returning to charity at age 57, hoping to help first responders and children fight coronavirus pandemic.
And I could set the stage for a third fight against Mike Tyson More than 20 years after the originals.
Holyfield said he would fight exhibition games to get support for Unite4OurFight, which helps learning and emotional development projects aimed at children whose schooling was cut short by the deadly outbreak of the virus.
Are you ready? The moment everyone was waiting for ... The Champion is back! Holyfield posted on Twitter. I would like to announce that I will return to the ring. I will fight in exhibition matches for a great cause.
Are you ready? The moment everyone has been waiting for ... The Champ is back! 🥊 I would like to announce that I will be m ... https://t.co/uRD71QPBRX - Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) 1588798153000
Holyfield's move comes after Tyson, 53, received training and said he wanted to make a charity comeback in exhibition fights.
Holyfield has not fought since stopping Danish wrestler Brian Nielsen in the tenth round in Copenhagen in 2011, improving his record to 44-10 with two draws.
The last time he had one of the top three heavyweight crowns was in early 2001, after winning John Ruiz For him World Boxing Association title in August 2000.
Holyfield stopped Mike Tyson in the 11th round in 1996 to win the WBA title and then won a 1997 rematch when Tyson was disqualified for biting.
Two of Holyfield's other biggest fights came in 1999 when he fought a controversial draw with Lennox Lewis in New York For him undisputed heavyweight crown, then lost to the British star by unanimous decision eight months later in Las Vegas.
My name was made in the fight, Holyfield said on the charity's website. It's time for me to bring that fighter with the man I have always been. It is time to step up as citizens need help like never before.