Heavyweight great Mike Tyson has confirmed that his highly-anticipated trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield will take place as expected on May 29.
This comes bare 48 hours after Holyfield’s camp cast doubt on the fight, saying “Tyson’s people had dismissed all offers” for the $25m deal.
However, speaking in an Instagram Live on Tuesday, 54-year-old Tyson poured scorn on those rumours by saying that the ‘fight is on’ after their legendary 1996 and 1997 encounters.
“I just want everybody to know, the fight is on with me and Holyfield,” Tyson said, in a social media chat with Haute Living.
“Holyfield’s a humble man, I know that. And he’s a man of God, but I’m God’s man. And, listen, I’m going to be successful on May 29th.”
The lavish exhibition bout will take place in Miami’s 64,000-capacity Hard Rock Stadium.
It comes months after Iron Mike’s November 2020 comeback exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr, which ended in a draw.
Shortly after the fight, Holyfield, 58, called his legendary rival out, and a date now seems to have been set.
The pair have been in training for months, as they look set to do battle for a third time following two wins for Holyfield in 1996 and 1997 – one via TKO and the second via disqualification following the infamous biting incident when Tyson took a chunk out of his opponent’s ear having accused him of a head butt.