Mike Tyson proved age is nothing but a number recently when he had his successful boxing exhibition against Roy Jones, Jr. back in November.
“I felt better than I anticipated,” said Tyson about the Jones fight. “I thought I would be a little more nervous than I was, but I was relaxed. I felt like, wow, I could do some more, I could punch more combinations, I could do this and do that. I said, ‘Wow, this is interesting.’ And I want to do it again, and I want to do it against someone I could go all out on. It made me interested in wanting to do it again.
“I wanted to go the distance. I didn’t want to knock anybody out. That’s what people expected, but I wanted to go the distance.”
However, the former champ isn’t done. Recently, Tyson said he’ll be back in the ring in late May.
The former boxing heavyweight champ recently said his next bout will take place on Memorial Day weekend at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
The presumptive date is Saturday, May 29.
Tyson made the announcement on his popular “Hotboxin’” podcast while speaking to guests Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso.
However, fans looking for the trilogy bout between Tyson and Evander Holyfield will not get their wish.
Representatives of Evander Holyfield recently expressed frustration after Mike Tyson’s representatives refused to accept a $25,000,000 guarantee from Team Holyfield to participate in Tyson v Holyfield 3.
I had a talk with Evander Holyfield after Mike Tyson announced a Memorial Day weekend fight.
He said: “They haven’t sent me any of papers yet. Once we get the papers right, we’ll announce it together. He could be leaning on anybody. We’re supposed to fight in an exhibition.”
— Manouk Akopyan (@ManoukAkopyan) March 19, 2021
The event was targeted for the Hard Rock Stadium to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Apparently, the parties have been in intense negotiations for several months and Team Holyfield sincerely believed a deal was imminent.
Tyson was last in the ring with Holyfield in June 1997, when Tyson was disqualified for twice biting Holyfield’s ear in one of the most infamous incidents in sports history.
Holyfield eventually forgave Tyson.
Holyfield had taken Tyson’s heavyweight title by a stunning 11th-round knockout in November 1996.