Holyfield on Tyson: ‘I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me’

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield says he was confused when Mike Tyson chose to face Roy Jones Jr. and not him for his exhibition-bout comeback… then he watched their fight Saturday night.

“My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses,” said Holyfield. “Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me.”

“The Real Deal,” says the idea of an exhibition bout was his. Still in supreme physical condition in his 50s, and training in the gym for months, Holyfield feels Tyson took a practice run Saturday night, but there is only one fight the world wants to see.

“Roy Jones was a good local opponent for Mike,” said the unimpressed Holyfield. “But a fight with me would be a global event and the only fight that anyone wants to see is a fight between us. There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t make it happen.”

By consensus, Tyson got the better of Jones during the eight-round exhibition match at STAPLES Center Saturday night, a fact that Holyfield says clears the way for the pair to finish their historic rivalry the only way they can.

“No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies. Saturday night you said you were ready to fight me, so sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it’s on you now. I’m ready.”

Tyson-Jones ends in draw

For years, we thought Mike Tyson against Roy Jones Jr. would go down as a mythical matchup, but on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the myth became a reality. However, the eight-round exhibition fight, which was unofficially scored by former boxing champions Vinny Pazienza, Chad Dawson, and Christy Martin, ended in a draw. Goforitradio.com scored the fight 78-74 for Tyson.

The 54-year-old Tyson seemed to be in complete control of the fight, which featured two-minute rounds. The 51-year-old Jones, did a lot of holding in the fight. In addition, Tyson appeared to land the harder shots. Most importantly, the two former world champions walked away healthy.

According to CompuBox, Tyson landed 30 more punches than Jones(67-37). Also, Tyson had the edge in power punches(57-28).

“I’m cool with the draw,” Jones said after the fight. “It means we just might have to do it again, but I don’t know.”

Tyson is willing to do another exhibition fight and hopes to be better the next time around.

“Everything I was doing, I could’ve done it better, so God willing, I’ll be better the next exhibition,” he said.

According to reports, Tyson will earn $10 million for the fight, while Jones will earn $3 million.

It would appear the logical opponent for Tyson would be former world champion Evander Holyfield, who seems to be interested. The two fought twice in the 90s, with Holyfield winning both fights. The second fight ended in a disqualification after Tyson bit Holyfield’s ears. 

After breaking pre-sale records, it appears Tyson-Jones did very well on pay-per-view, which is excellent news for all involved. A fight with Holyfield could keep the momentum going for Tyson. 

Video: Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. face-off after weigh-in

The wait is over. On Friday, former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and former multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. weighed in for their eight-round exhibition fight on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles(Triller PPV).

Tyson, 54, came in at 220 pounds, while the 51-year-old Jones weighed in at 210.

After the weighing in, the two fighters went face-to-face.

Watch below:

Photot: Lynn Millspaugh

Tyson-Jones: Ne-Yo to sing national anthem, Michael Buffer to be ring announcer

Viral entertainment platform, Triller announced today that Grammy-Award winning singer songwriter, actor, producer Ne-Yo will be performing the National Anthem before Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. enter the ring at next week’s highly anticipated event. Michael Buffer, who’s distinct announcing style has deemed him a cultural icon, is confirmed to announce the main event of Tyson vs. Jones, and UFC Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya will commentate the fight alongside Boxing Hall of Famer and Olympic Champion, Sugar Ray Leonard and sportscaster, Al Bernstein. Jim Gray is slated to host the pre- and post-fight interviews, while Barrie Eget will announce the undercard fights and sports anchor, Ernesto Amador will serve as the primary Spanish commentator. The fight can be ordered on Pay-Per-View through cable and satellite providers and is also available on PPV streaming at www.tysonontriller.com. The event is $49.99.

Ne-Yo has sold a cumulative 20+ million adjusted albums worldwide, won three GRAMMY awards and been honored with a total of 14 nominations. He has proven to be as powerful with his pen as he is in the recording studio and on stage, penning bangers like Rihanna’s “Unfaithful,” “Russian Roulette,” and “Take a Bow,” along with Beyoncé’s 2006 breakup anthem “Irreplaceable” and songs for such artists as Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Celine Dion, among others.  In addition to “World of Dance,” Ne-Yo’s film and television credits include “Save the Last Dance,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Stomp the Yard,” George Lucas’ “Red Tails,” “Empire,” “The Wiz Live!” and “Step Up: High Water” now in his 3rd season debuting on Starz.

“Opening for a fight of this magnitude is an honor and I can’t wait to witness one of the most noteworthy nights of the decade. I may be performing, but I am a fan at the end of the day and I look forward to witnessing this once in a lifetime lineup,” says Ne-Yo.

Famed ring announcer, Michael Buffer has signed on to announce the historic return of Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.  Known for his iconic voice and announcing style, the sports world will welcome Buffer back to the ring as he announces another renowned event. During his illustrious career, Buffer has lent his voice to MC some of the biggest sporting events of his lifetime including the MLB World Series, the Stanley World Cup Finals, and the NBA Finals.

Commentating the unforgettable program is a unique lineup of industry megastars whose event narration will only add another layer of notoriety to the night. Undefeated UFC Middleweight Champion and one of MMA’s Pound-for-Pound Best, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya will join Boxing Hall of Famer and Olympic Champion, Sugar Ray Leonard as they commentate alongside legendary boxing play-by-play analyst, Al Bernstein.

“It’s surreal that I’m actually given the opportunity to witness these two LIVING LEGENDS compete ringside! I grew up watching these two boxing icons in the ring and am honored to be on the sidelines commentating on one of the greatest comeback fights of all time,” said Israel Adesanya.

“I’ve never seen a night with so many iconic names on the program. This matchup is something I thought I’d only see in my dreams, but here we are,” says Sugar Ray Leonard.

The PPV fight card includes Tyson vs. Jones Jr., Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan, and Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter. The memorable night will also include multi-song performances by DaBaby, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, and YG.

Why Mike Tyson’s return to the ring would be dangerous(VIDEO)

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson broke the internet when he announced on social media that he was returning to boxing. At this point, the 53-year-old Tyson is rumored to be participating in exhibition bouts.

However, what if Tyson really returned to the ring? What would happen?

We examine what would happen if Tyson returned to the sport of boxing:

 

 

 

Tyson, Holyfield, Bowe, Lewis, Ortiz, and others predict Wilder-Fury

As fight week in Los Angles kicks off, heavyweights of the past and present have spoken, and the majority believe Deontay Wilder’s pure punching power will be enough to defeat the highly-skilled Tyson Furyon Saturday, December 1 on SHOWTIME PPV®.

Some of the greatest heavyweight names in the history of boxing weighed-in on what will be the biggest heavyweight title fight in the U.S. since Mike Tyson took on Lennox Lewis in 2002. The SHOWTIME PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from STAPLES Center in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are on sale now and are available via AXS.com. Wilder vs. Fury will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV. The suggested retail price (SRP) for the pay-per-view telecast is $64.99 for standard definition.

Here is what the current and former heavyweight greats had to say about the Wilder vs. Fury matchup:

MIKE TYSON:

“Although Wilder’s punch is strong, nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring. It’ll be a close call, but I think Fury’s got a true fighting chance.”

EVANDER HOLYFIELD:

“It’s a great fight. Fury’s got a lot of skills, he’s awkward and he has long arms. He has good reflexes and is a strong counter-puncher. Deontay needs to be first and he can’t wait on Tyson. Tyson’s always been the bigger fighter. In fighting Deontay it’s the same case. If things get difficult, he’s (Fury) got more experience and a lot of tricks. I think with Deontay’s power, he might be able to end it early, but if Tyson can frustrate him and it goes the distance, then it could go his way.”

LENNOX LEWIS:

“If it goes the distance then it belongs to Tyson Fury. If it’s a short fight it will belong to Deontay Wilder. This is an epic and most-unpredictable showdown. I can’t wait for this fight.”

GEORGE FOREMAN:

“I am a big fan of Deontay Wilder and I was impressed with Tyson Fury and how he avoided the big shots against Wladimir Klitschko. I can see him going 12 rounds with Wilder because of his height and reach.

“The great thing about this fight is that we’re all talking about it. I think Wilder wins a close decision.”

RIDDICK BOWE:

“If Wilder comes out and means business then he should beat Fury with ease. My prediction is Wilder by knockout!”

GERRY COONEY:

“Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury is a very interesting fight. I love Tyson Fury. I think he’s a remarkable self-promoter, and he did a great job with Wladimir Klitschko, using his feints and throwing Klitschko off his game plan. Deontay is a different kind of fighter, though. Fury fights at 30 miles per hour. Deontay fights at 100 miles per hour. So, when Deontay catches Fury and gets ahold of him I think it’s going to be over. I admire Fury, but I think he’s barking up the wrong tree with this fight. I think the bottom line is that Deontay is a whole different type of beast. He comes in aggressive and finishes his opponents. I hate to pick, but somebody has to lose. I’m picking Deontay by knockout and I think it ends inside of four or five rounds.”

 LUIS ORTIZ

“If Fury decides he wants to dip and dive and move, then he can extend the fight. But it’s all up to Wilder. If Fury decides he wants to come to the middle of the ring and fight, then it’s going to be over quick. Wilder is going to catch him. Prediction: Wilder by KO.”

 CHRIS ARREOLA:

“I think Wilder fighting Ortiz and now Fury back-to-back gives the fans exciting fights. I like both Wilder and Fury, but for this fight I am leaning slightly toward Wilder to win.”

Deontay Wilder believes he would beat Mike Tyson; Lennox Lewis disagrees

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(39-0, 38 KOs) has big-time power. While the competition he has fought is considered weak, he has knocked out 38 of his 39 opponents.

Wilder, who will be fighting Luis Ortiz on March 3 at Barclays Center, believes he could beat any fighter including the great Mike Tyson:

“Man, look, I just gotta keep it real, and I always keep it real,” Wilder told TMZ Sports. “I know people always go back to the old-school, new-school, and stuff like that, but there’s no old-school or new school fighter that could beat Deontay Wilder. I’ll knock them all out.”

Former World Champion Lennox Lewis gave his thoughts on the matter:

Unfortunately, we will never know if Wilder could beat Tyson or any heavyweight from the past.

Both fighters have tremendous power, and both fighters chins are questionable.

While Tyson might be considered slightly overrated, by some, we genuinely don’t know who Wilder is at this stage of his career.

How about this: let’s table this conversation until sometime later this year.

Photo: Amanda Wescott/Showtime