13 years after Tyson took away part of his ear... Holyfield is sadly continuing to look for more ways to harm himself.
At age 47, Holyfield is the WBF heavyweight boxing champion and dreams of also holding belts that have been in existence for more than two years. Telling the 2 Live Stews radio show that he believes he'll once again be the undisputed champ:
"That's the whole goal. It would be no reason for me to be fighting, if I wasn't going to take all them belts back. And I'm going to take them belts back. They give me a hard time but, you know what, I'm a patient person and age ain't nothing but a number and they can say what they want to say. They'll see me in the winner's circle."
Holyfield is 7-7-1 since Lennox Lewis knocked him off the boxing relevance radar in 1999. Since then his victories have come against fighters like Francois Botha whose nickname is "White Buffalo."
That would be like a sprinter nicknamed "White Manatee."
Holyfield wouldn't mind moving off the grazing animals and finding his way back to Mike Tyson but only if it's not a gimmick. Fortunately, a 47 year old taking on a 44 year old inside the ring is never gimmicky. That's just good, strong matchmaking in any retirement community.
"They were asking me. They said Mike done lost his weight. And they said would you really fight him? I said if Mike want to fight, I will fight. But I'm not going to pursue something that somebody doesn't want to do. I've got to hear Mike say that before I even put it out there. I don't want to be a part of any kind of gimmick. So, if he wanna fight, we'll fight. If he don't want to fight, I understand."
Remember when Tyson was considered the crazy one?