Mike Tyson has posted another training video insisting “I’m back”, raising the prospect of a third fight with Evander Holyfield.
Their first bout in 1996 was described at the time as the “upset of the year” by Ring magazine after Holyfield won, and the rematch caused shock and controversy when Tyson was disqualified in the third round for biting off a piece of his opponent’s ear.
Last week Holyfield announced on social media that he would get back in the ring to fight in exhibition matches for a great cause.
And on Monday, Tyson posted another training video on Instagram announcing his intention to put on the gloves again. The 53-year-old caught the attention of the boxing world last week when he posted a short video of a workout that showed he still had some of the power and speed that allowed him to become the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles.
Since he hinted at a return, challengers have been lining up for a shot at the former champion with rugby stars Sonny Bill Williams and Australian Paul Gallen touted as potential opponents. But a more popular – and likely bet – would be Holyfield.
Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time when he defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged 20, won 50 of his 58 professional fights before retiring. Holyfield, also known as the Real Deal, won 44 of his 57 professional fights.