Vijender Singh weighs in on the Tyson vs Holyfield debate

The 2008 Olympics bronze medallist reckons age won’t be a factor should the two make their way to the ring.

By Rahul Venkat ·

The biggest news to come out of the boxing world the past few days have been the comeback trails of American legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

The heavyweight champions have been posting workout videos on social media, with 1984 Olympic bronze medallist Evander Holyfield confirming that he will be boxing in exhibition matches to raise funds for emotional development and counselling for the youth.

Boxing fans around the world have also been excited about a third showdown between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson to follow after the two famous matches between them in 1996 and 1997.

And Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Vijender Singh believes that the adulation for the duel will be as high as it was two decades back. “If the Tyson vs Holyfield match does go ahead, it will be the biggest bout of the century,” he said in an interview with WION.

“I actually met Evander Holyfield a while back in Los Angeles and I must say he looked extremely fit.”

Evander Holyfield, the only boxer in history to be the undisputed champion in two categories – cruiserweight and heavyweight, had triumphed in both of his previous bouts with Mike Tyson, and Vijender Singh felt he would make it a hat-trick.

“Tyson is looking menacing, but Holyfield is an animal,” he opined. “I have been a fan of Holyfield for a long time and my money is on him if a fight happens.”

‘Boxing is all about heart’

One other debate that has been doing the rounds is how two long-retired legends would feel physically in returning to the ring – Tyson is 53 while Holyfield is 57 – but the Indian boxing ace doesn’t think it matters much.

“Both of them are at the same age and if they feel they can get back into the ring, then they should be fine. Boxing is all about heart,” noted the 34-year-old, who has switched to professional boxing following his amateur stint.

“I don't think it will be a great danger, both of them are legends of the game and they certainly know how to fight.

“Boxing fans around the world will love to see them back in action.”

Holyfield's last professional fight was nine years ago against Danish fighter Brian Nielsen, while Mike Tyson last stepped into the ring in 2005.