Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield 3 Odds and Prediction
Fess up — you didn’t think a third fight between legendary heavyweights Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield would happen either, did you? Yet Tyson (53) and Holyfield (57) are reportedly thrashing out the particulars to make it happen. Can life get any f’in weirder?
I’m not prepared to answer that question right now, because I dread to think what other craziness is around the corner. I mean, will Jerry Rice re-sign for the 49ers in the offseason? Perhaps Diego Maradona could help with Barcelona’s flat attack?
Anyway, as much as some of us are resisting this “new normal,” the facts are that Tyson vs. Holyfield 3 could happen very soon. It’s hardly going to be a sanctioned fight — and I expect most boxing fans to understand why without having to point out the obvious — but it should be a spectacle worthy of an exhibition.
Having seen the odds for Tyson vs. Holyfield on the top boxing betting sites, this is beginning to feel real. And for those looking forward to seeing “Iron Mike” and “The Real Deal” clash one last time, that should be music to the ears (insert Holyfield ear jokes here).
Will Tyson beat Holyfield, 24 years after their first fight? Or will Holyfield beat Tyson again and bury the beef once and for all? Let’s take a look at the Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield 3 odds, and I will explain everything.
Latest Tyson vs. Holyfield 3 Odds (Must Fight in 2020)
MyBookie has released the odds above, with Mike opening as the -400 favorite over his old foe.
Tyson hasn’t fought since 2005 when he shockingly lost to Ireland’s Kevin McBride. Tyson later admitted that he should have retired well before that fight, and pretty much broke the hearts of his fans who were not expecting him to lose to someone of McBride’s modest caliber.
Entering as the favorite for the third time in three fights against Holyfield, Tyson will be aiming for his first victory over the now 57-year-old who retired in 2011.
I’m pretty sure the former unified world champion turned marijuana entrepreneur would have preferred to have won at least once in their heyday, but he has one last chance to get one up on his fellow quinquagenarian.
Holyfield famously lost a chunk of his ear to Tyson in their ill-fated rematch in 1997, having shocked the Brownsville native by beating him in their first encounter the year prior.
Heading into this potential fight as the underdog, Holyfield’s odds to beat Tyson (+250) might appeal to the same folk that backed him in his two victories against “Iron Mike” in the 1990s. Plus money odds against Tyson are nothing new, but how does he fare inside the ropes in 2020?
Tyson vs. Holyfield – The Backstory
Allow me to get this out of the way for all the pedants reading — yes, the order of names should be Holyfield vs. Tyson, given that Evander has beaten him twice. Happy now?
In all fairness, I only mentioned that because I would have thought the same way.
Anyway, the history between Holyfield and Tyson goes way back. But these days, the infamous rematch is what sticks in fans’ minds the most. Both men had fought seven months prior, with Holyfield entering that fight as a big underdog. It was Tyson’s fifth fight since being released from prison in March 1995, and he made light work of all four of his previous opponents.
Holyfield had also returned to the ring in 1995, having retired the year prior. He had lost three fights from his previous six and was expected to be another victim on Tyson’s resume. But he dominated the WBA champion, earning a shock TKO victory in the 11th round.
A rematch was signed off for June 28, 1997. Tyson, who had complained that Holyfield had used dirty tactics in the first fight, was under the cosh from the first bell. He just could not get inside the taller man’s range, and it wouldn’t be long before things took a sour note.
Just 32 seconds into the second round, Holyfield ducked under a right hand from Tyson, connecting with his head over Tyson’s eye. This opened a big gash that threatened Mike’s chances of winning the fight, and despite his protests, referee Mills Lane judged the headbutt to be accidental.
Infuriated, Tyson answered the bell for the third round like a man possessed. Clearly riled up by the cut, he threw a blistering attack at Holyfield, who clinched up for some respite. However, Tyson would take the opportunity to find himself close to his opponent’s head by biting a chunk of cartilage from his right ear. Holyfield hopped up and down in pain, as Tyson spat the piece of his ear to the canvas.
Amazingly, the fight wasn’t stopped. Tyson had two points deducted after a long deliberation from the ref, however. Shortly after, Tyson went to bite Holyfield’s left ear, but this was not seen by the ref. However, at the end of the round, the fight ended by Lane once he was made aware of what had happened.
Holyfield was awarded the win, and both men would endure an acrimonious relationship for years after. Right now, all is good between both men, but could this change if they fight?
Why Is Tyson vs. Holyfield Happening?
As I said above, this is not going to be a sanctioned fight in the sport of boxing. Both men are in their 50s and are reportedly doing this for charity.
But what if Tyson has a flashback of those headbutts? Could Holyfield be using this “exhibition” fight as an excuse to get revenge for the bites? Perhaps this is a coverup by both guys to get a shot at each other inside the ropes. Unfinished business, perhaps?
Well, no. That’s not going to be the case at all.
Despite Tyson’s wild reputation and unpredictable attitude in his heyday, the New Yorker is a much happier and calmer man today, as evidenced by his cool demeanor on his podcast, Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson.
A keen businessman, the former world champion also owns the Tyson Ranch — a multimillion-dollar marijuana farm — so it’s safe to say that he has a lot going for him outside of boxing. He is settled with a wife and family, and while you wouldn’t want to test him, he seems happier than he has ever been.
Recently, Tyson spoke to Sugar Ray Leonard about how he misses being an “annihilator” inside the ropes. Full of emotion, Tyson opened up about how he sometimes feels like a “bitch” because his days as a knockout king are behind him.
That was in March, which makes the timing of Tyson’s “comeback” very interesting. But don’t expect his ring return to culminate in him fighting for championships. He’s 54!
As for Holyfield, his natural competitiveness has urged him to get back into shape. And why not? At 57, he is in much better condition than guys half his age. But don’t expect Holyfield to be chasing a title. That should go without saying, but have you seen some of the comments on social media over the past few weeks?
Tyson vs. Holyfield 3 Prediction
It’s bordering on the outrageous to find myself even writing about Tyson fighting Holyfield. But here we are.
Look, both men seemingly want to fight. It’s not going to be a sanctioned bout of 12 three-minute rounds. Despite being ultra-competitive, the two will likely not be heading into the contest baying for blood. At least I hope not.
If this is a charity boxing match, we’ll likely have a few rounds. In those few rounds, there will be punches thrown, but a lot slower and with less power than both Tyson and Holyfield were used to in their respective heydays.
If you’re betting on Tyson to beat Holyfield at -400, this is probably the smarter wager. Not only is “Iron Mike” four years younger, but he looks a lot faster than Holyfield — on account of his recent training videos. More than this, he has power on his side. And power is the last thing to go for a boxer.
Now, don’t be expecting a knockout, as both guys will likely agree to contracts that include rules stating that they hold back on throwing major bombs. It’s not going to be a war.
So, given Tyson’s advantages in age, speed, and power, I’m edging towards him to come out on top against Holyfield in a charity bout.
I’m sorry to disappoint anyone who expects to see these old rivals playing Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots with each other’s skulls, but that is a step too far. These guys are old enough to be grandfathers, man.
Don’t let Tyson’s t-shirt tearing shenanigans at a recent AEW wrestling event fool you.
Final Words on Tyson vs. Holyfield 3
Will Mike Tyson fight in 2020? Will his opponent be Evander Holyfield? Could the fight happen in the next few months?
Unfortunately, these are all answers we are going to have to wait to find out. Sure, the signs look good for a Tyson vs. Holyfield exhibition match at some point this year, but nothing has been confirmed at the time of writing.
I’ll be covering the wild and wacky “return” of Mike Tyson with news and updates when they come in. You will also find more Tyson fight odds when they are available on the boxing section of our blog, so make sure to check up on us for that.
Let me know your opinion on Tyson vs. Holyfield 3 in the comments section — is this something you want to see?