The recurring exhibition match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield over Memorial Day weekend in Miami appears to be resuming despite a string of events that have apparently derailed the fight in recent days.
It started on Saturday when Tyson took to Instagram and distanced himself from Triller, the social platform that promoted his fight against Roy Jones Jr. last November.
“Just to be clear, there is no fight between Tyson and Triller,” Tyson wrote. “I don’t personally know any Triller executives. I don’t have an agreement with Triller or any GM who will represent them for the next event. I am a Legends Only League partner and my next event is with my league. I will never do another event or any business with Triller, so anyone claiming they owns the rights to my name or my next event is not true. I’m not or never will be with Triller’s Fight Club. ”
On Sunday, BoxingScene.com obtained legal letters outlining Triller’s communication to broadcast networks, cable providers and Team Tyson and Legends Only League, expressing that they had first and last denial rights to the upcoming event of Tyson until November 28, 2023.
“We thought it was a deal done, but it quickly fell apart when the people at Tyson turned down all offers,” Holyfield manager Kris Lawrence said. “We have always negotiated in good faith and it seems we ended up wasting our time.”
The Holyfield team said Monday that Tyson had rejected a guarantee of $ 25 million, the same sum that had staged Tyson’s return against Jones Jr.
Although he did not speak about finances, Tyson changed his position on Tuesday, indicating that there would ultimately be a real deal with Holyfield.
“I see this happening in the near future, me and Holyfield,” Tyson told Haute Living during a live chat on Instagram. “The only thing we need to do is get some basic little differences [resolved], do some paperwork and then it’s at the races with me and Evander… I just want everyone to know that the fight is on with me and Holyfield. Holyfield is a humble man, I know that, and he’s a man of God… but I’m the man of God and listen, I’m going to be successful on May 29th.
Team Tyson and Triller clearly need to have a conversation and work out the details of the contract before an official announcement is made.
After going through a besieged and financially difficult relationship with Don King during his prime, Tyson now wants to take control of his career without promoters.
“I’ve learned so much that we don’t need promoters,” Tyson said. “What is a promoter? Overrated cheerleader? They tell a fighter how awesome he is, “he’s the best, he’s gonna beat everyone”. I love promoters personally, but what do you need someone in this business position for? To dictate your business, now you have to be nice to this guy, fuck his ass, because he’s the boss? No, you shouldn’t have to do that, you should be able to go get your check and go do whatever you want and not have to talk to anyone.
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