Boxing fans are fearful of Evander Holyfield’s chances of coming out of a fight against Mike Tyson unscathed after behind-the-scenes training footage showed him looking rather less slick than his latest comeback video made out.
Hot on the heels of old rival Tyson, the 57-year-old announced he was making his own comeback earlier this month and is eager to get back in the ring for a charity exhibition match – preferably against Iron Mike.
Holyfield looked in ridiculously good shape as he dropped a new training montage, doing dips with a heavy chain hanging around his neck and appearing lightning-quick on the pads.
However, behind-the-scenes clips of the promo show that many of the shots were set up, with Holyfield simply holding a loaded-up sled and then walking off without actually pushing it.
Holyfield also looked very slow in the unedited training footage, only putting together a few combos and appearing very laboured when doing so – though he still clearly has enormous power and his physique is remarkable for his age.
Fight fans had already mocked Holyfield for his first comeback video – which was reuploaded and seemingly sped up – and they have not been too kind about his latest effort.
‘He looks slow and stiff, especially compared to the recent clips of Tyson,’ wrote one boxing fan. ‘Holyfield is going to get worked over if they do fight.’
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‘Holyfield’s always in shape but he’s too punch drunk to compete again. Bad idea,’ chimed in another fan, while someone else replied: ‘Mike is moving like he’s in his last 20’s. He’s going to beat Evander up!’
There was some thinly veiled praise of Holyfield, though, with one fan saying: ‘I agree this man has no business fighting Mike but can we at least appreciate that my guy is 57 years old training harder and looking better than most of the people watching this video.’
Holyfield’s video is in rather stark comparison to Tyson, who in a clip filmed on his mobile phone looked ferociously fast – and he was only messing around in a pair of jeans rather than training for real.
Tyson has opened the door to fighting Holyfield, telling TMZ: ‘Listen I don’t know if me and Evander are going to get in the ring but it would be awesome for charity.
‘Can you imagine me and him going in the ring together as arch enemies, doing it for the humanity of people, for people less fortunate than ourselves. What would that be like?
‘That’s something that’s never been done by any entertainer or any sports figure in the history of sports.’
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