Another boxing legend steps back into the ring.
Evander Holyfield will fight Kevin McBride in an exhibition on June 5th, Triller Fight Club’s Peter Kahn confirmed to ESPN’s Mark Kriegel on Sunday.
Holyfield’s return will be on the map of Teofimo Lopez’s unified, lightweight title defense against George Kambosos in Miami, streamed on Triller.
Holyfield, 58, joins the trend of retired boxers benefiting from show fights. The most famous show fight featured Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. on a trill card in November 2020 that reportedly sold 1.6 million pay-per-views.
That sparked the recent craze that includes Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Erik Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera, to name a few. Holyfield joins this mix to face McBride, the last fighter Tyson faced in his professional career.
On March 22nd, Holyfield published a statement from a publicist that Holyfield and Tyson were negotiating a third match between the two men. They fought in 1996 and 1997, with the second fight ending in a Tyson disqualification after biting Holyfield’s ear. Holyfield said Tyson’s camp turned down a $ 25 million guarantee to face Holyfield in Miami on Memorial Day weekend.