Here on the celebration of Mike Tyson’s 51st birthday – and just two days and 20 years on from the former heavyweight champ’s infamous “Bite Fight” with Evander Holyfield – it might be interesting to ask: who was the greater fighter, Tyson or Holyfield?
He’s said it before, and Mexican superstar Saul Canelo Alvarez has repeated how he sees himself stopping middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in their fast-approaching super fight. Talking with TMZ Sports, Canelo said he cannot agree with Bernard Hopkins’ prediction of him beating Triple-G via 12 round decision, because he is “almost certain” the fight will end inside the 12 rounds.
“It’s very difficult for me to agree with Bernard Hopkins’ prediction, because this fight, I don’t see it going 12 rounds,” Canelo said. “ I can almost guarantee, it will not go the 12 rounds. It will end by knockout – yes, without a doubt.”
British great Nigel Benn caused something of a stir earlier today, when he informed BBC Sport that he had agreed, even finalised, a third fight with Irish warrior Steve Collins; the man who twice defeated Benn, back-to-back, sending “The Dark Destroyer” into retirement in 1996.
Back in the summer of 1988, “Bible of Boxing” Ring Magazine ran a feature entitled, “Back to bare-knuckles – Maybe it’s worth a try?” The article put forward the notion of bare-knuckle boxing, outlawed since the sport’s change to gloved boxing in 1892, being brought back.
Dubbed, for obvious reasons, “The Bite Fight,” the return meeting between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson shocked the entire world like no other boxing match in history. Or rather it was the events in the third round, and the subsequent events that followed, that caused the enormous shock.
Twenty years have passed since that incredible night at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and no-one who was there has forgotten what happened – even if plenty of them, such as Sky Sports commentator Glenn McCrory, would like to forget.
The July 29 fight between Mikey Garcia and Adrien Broner is an excellent match-up, but the card just got even better with the addition of the heavyweight match-up that is unbeaten contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller against recent WBC title challenger Gerald Washington.
The vocal, entertaining and powerful Miller, 18-0-1(16) has fans talking, wondering just how good the New Yorker really is, and a fight with the once-beaten Washington, 18-1-1(12) might give us a little bit more of an idea. Washington gave WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder a decent enough test back in February, doing well until getting caught by something big in round five. Can Miller also stop the 35 year old who came to boxing quite late in life?
Like the rest of the planet, retired heavyweight great Lennox Lewis is simply unable to forget the shocking, sickening scenes the boxing world was unfortunate enough to have endured twenty full years ago today. It was two decades ago today when, as every fight fan, casual observer and even non-sports fans knows, Mike Tyson twice plunged his bared teeth into the ears of Evander Holyfield.
It seems a rematch between his fighter Manny Pacquiao and the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Junior is never far from Freddie Roach’s mind. Out in Australia for this Saturday’s WBO welterweight title fight defence against unbeaten puncher Jeff Horn, Roach and Pac Man have again been talking Mayweather, and a possible (though, it seems to most people, extremely unlikely) rematch.