Heavyweight icon Evander Holyfield has confirmed he will come out of retirement to fight Kevin McBride – the Irishman who beat Mike Tyson in his last professional fight.
Holyfield, 58, retired from boxing for ten years after becoming the first man to reign as the undisputed world champion in both cruiserweight and heavyweight.
The American was involved in two incredible battles with famous rival Tyson in 1996 and 1997, the second of which became known as “ Bite Fight ” when Iron Mike tore a piece of Holyfield’s ear on the path to disqualification.
Tyson already came out of retirement to fight Roy Jones Jr in an exhibit last November – and there has been talk of a Holyfield Trilogy fight in May.
But instead, Holyfield will return to the ring and face one of Tyson’s conquerors: McBride, 47, who also ends a ten-year retirement from the sport.
The six-round bout takes place on June 5 in Florida on the lower card for the title fight between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr in the latest star-studded Triller Fight Club event.
Triller Fight Club, a partnership between Triller and Snoop Dogg led by Ryan Kavanaugh, has been the main driving force behind the recent surge in boxing legends, as well as the fight scene on YouTube.
This Saturday, they host Jake Paul, an Internet sensation, against Ben Askren, a former MMA champion, in a boxing match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with a host of top performers at the poster.
Holyfield said, “I’m proud to be able to join the Triller Fight Club because that’s exactly what our industry needed. They have reinvented the sport of boxing in a very exciting new way.
“Their combination of young talent, music, entertainment and special matches sets a new standard for our sport, and my return to the ring for this fight is one that everyone, including me, will appreciate, and I am proud to help do it. to the next level. “
Meanwhile, promoter Kavenaugh said, “Our continued reinvention of boxing as four-quadrant entertainment now adds one of the biggest names in boxing history, Evander Holyfield, against one of the best. opponents, Kevin McBride.
“He joins a lineup featuring some of the most elite fighters rising through the ranks and world-class musical entertainment as we present a multifaceted experience for fans of all interests within four hours of payout. action-packed and exciting session. ”