Mike Tyson, 54-years-old, is still very much interested in a trilogy bout with Evander Holyfield.
This past Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the former undisputed heavyweight champion returned to the ring and fought to an eight round draw in a sanctioned exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr.
Before Jones, a four division champion, was announced as the opponent - Tyson made an attempt to secure Holyfield.
Holyfield shocked the world when he stopped Tyson to capture the heavyweight crown in 1996. Tyson was disqualified in their infamous rematch in 1997, after he bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear.
According to Tyson, he would like to speak with Holyfield personally - because their respective teams are never able to agree on the terms.
“Maybe Evander needs to talk to me because every time my business associates talk to his business associates, it doesn’t turn out well,” Tyson said.
“So I don’t know. If you could see what we made tonight, if these guys really care about the welfare of Evander they would have had this fight with Evander. Maybe we’ll do another but whoever’s he’s with who’s handling him is totally wrong.”
Tyson, who retired from the sport of boxing in 2005, is planning to move forward with more exhibition bouts.
“This is where I belong,” Tyson said. “I never once, even when my first day sparring and I got my rib cracked and a guy was just smashing my jaw, I never once said ‘what the hell am I doing here? Am I crazy?’ I just said I’m in the right place. I said I’m in the right place.
“Very happy I did this. I will do it again. The sky’s the limit with this place. We have so many great legends that are interested in jumping on board and being involved with this program.”