Evander Holyfield claimed that his old rival Mike Tyson would be out of the fight in his fight against Roy Jones Jr.
The former heavyweight champ, 54, revealed his fear that Iron Mike, 54, would never fall back into the ropes to complete a hat-trick.
Holyfield – who twice beat the worst man on planet Earth – He trains again to return to the show, But there is still a sure opponent.
Meanwhile, Tyson faces Roy Jones Jr., 51, In eight pay-per-view rounds this coming weekend.
Holyfield admitted that his heavyweight opponent’s decision to avoid him shattered any hope of facing each other for a third time.
In an exclusive interview with SunSport, he said, “You can’t risk the fact that Mike chose to fight it first, I should have been the first to think.
It’s kind of mud in the water. Everything is that if they fought first, I don’t think there will be a second match with me – my third match with Mike.
“Because it doesn’t matter because there won’t be anything left in Mike.
“ It’s really about what happens in terms of performance when we get into the ring – people don’t just want to pay for it, they want to see something interesting.
“People want to see something and they want to see some competitors. They realize that you are old now but it’s not just about how much they’re going to pay for the three-way fight.”
You can’t risk the fact that Mike chose to fight him first, I guess I should have been first
Evander Holyfield as Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.
He added later: “I really think between me and Mike that I would like to be the first, because in our time you may only get one shot and not get another shot. I am 58 years old, and 54 years old! First, not the second.”
Holyfield first beat Tyson in 1996, winning the 11th round in what was considered a surprise.
They returned to the match a year later, in the infamous “ Bite Fight, ” where Iron Mike was disqualified after biting Real Deal’s ear in the third round.
SunSport previously reported that Tyson was accused of being “afraid” to rematch Holyfield After he was offered a triple fit “several times”.
When Holyfield was asked his opinion, he said, “Well, my idea is that a person has a choice – you pretty much do what you want to do.
“This is what he chooses: Not to fight me but instead fight Roy Jones Jr.”
Someone asked me, ‘If you thought you’d lose against Mike Tyson, would you still fight him anyway? I said, ‘Well, I would never fight if I thought I’d lose against Mike or anyone else.
“I can’t sit there with that mindset, there is no challenge for me – knowing you have a chance to lose.
“I don’t know why (Jones Jr.) said to him yes, but life revolves around the decisions you make.
“When I talked to Mike about his fight, he pretty much told me that he was already doing something with someone else.
“It wasn’t as if something specific appeared at first, but it was the thing that happened with Mike and I and it all came by accident.”
When I talked to Mike about his fight, he told me that he was already doing something with someone else
Evander Holyfield in a three-way fight with Mike Tyson
Tyson has already claimed to be “better than ever, physically and mentally” Before his comeback match on November 28 with Jones Jr.
Holyfield, who remained on the fence when asked to pick a winner, did his weight to admit the adaptation of two heavyweight icons – who total 105 years old – would be the key.
He told SunSport: “Roy Jones had the fastest hands, but Mike had the tougher shots.
“It will depend on how well the fighters are in. If they move to power, I know Mike Tyson has an advantage over there and he can defeat him, but Roy Jones also has the speed and what would happen if he manages to capture Mike?
“So, in either case there are some advantages on both sides. Mike was more than just a street fighter or a boxer. Mike was smart.
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