Evander Holyfield will face Kevin McBride on June 5 and, in the promotional press conference, revealed the reasons why the exhibition match with Mike tyson.
“I was always in shape, I never neglected,” he commented The Real Deal. “Many started talking about the fight with Mike after the exhibition with (Roy) Jones and I said ‘let’s do it, here I am’. Mike and I were going to fight, but in the end things went the other way. I don’t know if it was his fault or not, but now I have another person who agreed to dance with me. I asked someone who has already beaten him and here we are ”.
Holyfield He has not been in a ring for about 10 years since he beat Brian Nielsen on Denmark in May 2011. However, he clarified that the fight will not be an exhibition and will have all the rules of boxing.
“I do not plan to start my career again, after this fight I will think about another, but I do not think in the long term,” he said. “You have to show young people that if you take care of yourself, you can fight for a long time.”
McBride, who also has not had a professional fight for about 10 years, is remembered for being the man who ended the career of Tyson in 2005. The Irishman finished 35-10-1.
On facing a legend like Holyfield, McBride He assured that he is flattered to face someone with the same status as Tyson.
“It was brilliant at the time to fight a legend like Mike tyson and I feel that same honor to face someone like Holyfield who is also a legend and has already beaten Tyson”He said at the conference.
The fight will be part of the undercard of Triller in which Teofimo Lopez will defend his belt against George Kambosos and it is agreed to six episodes.
The first face-off between the co-main event of June 5th’s #TrillerFightClub card.
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Will Holyfield have another fight with Tyson?
Even though the fight with Tyson could not come to fruition, Holyfield He did not rule out that it could be done in the future.
“It is possible that there will be a third fight, if you want to do it, go ahead,” he commented. “I will not be chasing anyone, I love boxing and I want to inspire guys to box in the future. It is a great sport and leaves great lessons ”.
Tyson Y Holyfield They played two memorable fights in 1996 and 1997 with a pair of wins for Evander. The first of them by knockout in the eleventh round and the second by disqualification, because Mike bit her ear.