Evander Holyfield accuses Mike Tyson of ‘making excuses’ ahead of trilogy fight

Evander Holyfield has accused rival Mike Tyson of making excuses as he keeps pushing for a trilogy bout.

The two fought twice in the Nineties with Holyfield winning both, the second after Tyson was disqualified for biting off part of his ear.

Tyson returned to the ring at the end of last year, taking on Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition that was declared a draw.

Holyfield is also interested in a return to boxing and wants to face Tyson in an exhibition, though is concerned his former foe is getting cold feet.

“My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses. Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me," Holyfield said.

“Roy Jones was a good local opponent for Mike, but a fight with me would be a global event and the only fight that anyone wants to see is a fight between us.

“There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t make it happen. No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies

“Sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it’s on you now. I’m ready.”

Speaking after his clash with Jones Jr, Tyson had hinted that he was open to taking on anybody.

“Of course I’ll do this again. I’m content with the draw because what really mattered was entertaining the fans,” he said.

"I felt better than I anticipated. I thought I would be a little more nervous than I was, but I was relaxed.

“I felt like 'wow' – I could do some more, I could punch more combinations, I could do this and do that.

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  • "I said 'wow, this is interesting' and I want to do it again and I want to do it against someone I could go all out on. It made me interested in wanting to do it again.

    "I wanted to go the distance, I didn't want to knock anybody out, that's what people expected, but I wanted to go the distance."

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