Mike Tyson is not interested in fighting Evander Holyfield, even if it costs him a $25 million bag.
The boxing veteran has rejected a $25 million offer for a trilogy fight against Holyfield that would have taken place on May 29th at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Tyson’s denial of the offer allegedly blindsided Holyfield’s team. They believed that the deal was near being closed.
“We thought this was a done deal, but it quickly fell apart when Tyson’s people declined all offers,” said Holyfield’s manager Kris Lawrence. He also added, “we were negotiating in good faith all along, and it appears we just ended up wasting our time.”
Since the heavyweight’s exhibition fight last year with Roy Jones Jr., Tyson has been in high demand. Talks of the Holyfield fight swirled soon after.
Despite the 54-year-old turning down the deal, Holyfield is confident that the two will go head-to-head in the ring one day.
“The thing is, I’m still training for this. I know it will be someday this deal will happen, and I’m ready for him. I’m doing OK,” Holyfield stated.
And Tyson does not appear to be done entirely with the fight talks. During a recent episode of his popular podcast “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” he confirmed that he still intended on fighting in May, so maybe all hope is not lost.