Mike Tyson accused of being ‘scared’ for refusing to fight Evander Holyfield

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Boxing legend, Mike Tyson has been accused of being “scared” to fight rival Evander Holyfield

Triller’s co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh revealed that Mike Tyson turned down a “massive payday” for a fight with Evander Holyfield over fear of being knocked out.

Holyfield is making a return to the ring this weekend to fight former UFC star, Vitor Belfort.


LThe 58-year-old stepped up on a week’s notice to replace fellow boxing great Oscar De La Hoya after he contracted Covid-19.

Tyson and Holyfield have fought twice before. In 1996 Holyfield defeated Tyson by TKO and their rematch in 1997 saw Tyson disqualified for infamously biting a chunk out of Holyfield’s ear.

And Kavanaugh said that he reached out to Tyson about a fight with Holyfield.

“We have an offer out to Mike,” Kavanaugh told Sky Sports.

“We have been told that he is scared to fight Evander. There has been back and forth hoopla, there is a massive payday ready for Mike to fight on Thanksgiving. A massive payday, one of his biggest!

“But we can’t seem to push it along. Now I have heard, from a number of reliable sources, that Mike is too scared. He thinks Evander would knock him out.

“I wouldn’t ask nobody to do anything they don’t want to do. But it’s for charity. If we can work something out that works for everybody then it’s a win-win-win.”