Heavyweight icon Evander Holyfield has confirmed he’ll come out of retirement to battle Kevin McBride – the Irishman who famously beat Mike Tyson in his final skilled battle.
Holyfield, 58, has been retired from boxing for ten years after turning into the primary man ever to reign as undisputed world champion at each cruiserweight and heavyweight.
The American was concerned in two unbelievable battles with well-known rival Tyson in 1996 and 1997, the second of which grew to become generally known as the ‘Chew Combat’ when Iron Mike tore off a bit of Holyfield’s ear on his strategy to disqualification.
Tyson has already come out of retirement to battle Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition final November – and talks had been held over a Holyfield trilogy battle in Could.
However as a substitute, Holyfield will return to the ring and face certainly one of Tyson’s conquerors: 47-year-old McBride, who can be ending ten years of retirement from the game.
The six-round bout will happen on June 5 in Florida on the undercard for the title battle between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr in Triller Combat Membership’s newest star-studded occasion.
Triller Combat Membership, a partnership between Triller and Snoop Dogg spearheaded by Ryan Kavanaugh, has been the principle driving drive behind boxing’s current surge in legends coming again, in addition to the YouTube battle scene.
This Saturday, they host Jake Paul, an web sensation, versus Ben Askren, a former MMA champion, in a boxing match on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with a bunch of high-profile performers on the invoice.
Holyfield mentioned: “I’m proud to have the ability to be a part of Triller Combat Membership as they’re precisely what our trade wanted. They’ve reimagined the game of boxing in a really thrilling new approach.
“Their mixture of younger expertise, music, leisure and particular matchups is setting a brand new commonplace for our sport, and my return to the ring for this battle is one that everybody, myself included, will take pleasure in, and I’m proud to assist take this to the subsequent degree.”
In the meantime, promoter Kavanaugh mentioned: “Our continued reinvention of boxing as four-quadrant leisure now provides one of many greatest names within the historical past of boxing, Evander Holyfield, towards among the finest opponents, Kevin McBride.
“He joins a lineup that includes among the most elite fighters who’re on their approach up the ranks and world-class musical leisure as we current a multifaceted expertise for followers of each curiosity in 4 action-packed and thrilling pay per view hours.”