(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Evander Holyfield has hit out at his old heavyweight rival Mike Tyson for trying to duck a trilogy fight and told him to stop making excuses.
Despite both being in their 50s, there has been hope that the pair would step in the ring against each other again after Tyson came out of retirement to face Roy Jones Jr in November.
Tyson had tongues wagging when he impressed in that eight-round exhibition on November 28 – a contest that ended in a draw, although many felt that ‘Iron Mike’ had won.
It was the American’s first contest in 15 years since retiring in 2005 and clamour for him to face Holyfield once again instantly grew afterwards.
Speaking post-fight, Tyson revealed that he had initially been in talks to face the 58-year-old Holyfield for months but that bout never materialised.
But Holyfield has called out Tyson, 54, once again, claiming that he is the one being swerved after repeated attempts to go toe-to-toe with his compatriot.
‘My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses,’ he said in a recent public statement.
‘Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me.
‘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.’