Former World Heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, has asked to engage Mike Tyson in a trilogy fight following his exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr on Saturday night.
Holyfield whose last fight was back in 2011 claims Tyson avoided his offer for an exhibition bout before announcing Jones Jr as his opponent.
The 58-year-old also accused Tyson of using his fight with Jones Jr as preparation ahead of a potential trilogy fight with him.
Tyson vs Jones Jr was declared a draw despite the former’s clear dominance as both fighters went the distance of an eight-round bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with each round lasting two minutes each.
“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.
“Roy Jones was a good local opponent for Mike, 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.
“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.”
After an extended period away from Boxing, Holyfield went into the pair’s first meeting in 1995 as the underdog but clinched victory in the 11th round to create one of the most remarkable moments in the history of the sport.
Their second meeting came two years later in 1997 in a match remembered for Tyson sparking controversy by biting off part of Holyfield’s ear. Tyson was consequently disqualified and stripped off his boxing license, though he got it back later.