With five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield on the phone Wednesday from his Atlanta home, I ended the chitchat faster than a combination of hooks from Buster Douglas to Mike Tyson’s jaw and earned an exclusive.
Time for The Big Question.
At 57, would you, Evander Holyfield, leave retirement to fight Mike Tyson since the now 53-year-old guy once known as The Baddest Man on the Planet (you know, minus that Douglas fight and his two losses to you) told rapper T.I. on Instagram Live last week he’s training for exhibition matches involving charities?
“Well, it all depends on how much money they tell me I’d get, and it all depends on what they call ‘good money,’ because I know what good money is,” Holyfield said, chuckling while telling the truth.
Holyfield confessed during a November 2019 CNBC show with former baseball star Alex Rodriguez that he went from paying $20 million in cash for a 54,000-square-foot mansion south of Atlanta to losing it eight years ago in a foreclosure along the way to living in his current two-bedroom apartment.
Here’s the bottom line: Holyfield can use “good money” since his financial situation is a mess courtesy of some awful business deals, 11 children and three divorces.
Holyfield edged closer to a nice payday near the end of last year, when he spoke with Japanese officials about holding a 2020 exhibition boxing match in that country against old foe Riddick Bowe.