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- Evander Holyfield has announced plans to return to boxing.
- But he says that he only does it for charity.
- Mike Tyson has also expressed his intention to fight for charity.
Evander Holyfield surprised fans on Wednesday when he announced that he was planning a comeback to boxing. Holyfield announced his return in a tweet, saying that he would "fight in big game exhibition games, # Unite4OurFight". On the Unite 4 Our Fight website, the boxer stated that the campaign "aims to fill the void that the pandemic [coronavirus] created in accessing resources that our youth need for emotional development and education."
Holyfield has not fought professionally since he left Brian Nelson in May 2011 and officially retired from boxing in 2014.
During his career, which started in 1984, he was the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes, and he is the only four-time heavyweight world champion.
Holyfield is actually following in the footsteps of his old rival and buddy Mike Tyson, who previously said he wanted to return to the ring to attend three to four rounds of charity shows to help those affected by drugs and homelessness .
During an Instagram live with rapper TI, Tyson revealed his training program: "I'm doing approximately two hours of cardio, I do the bike and I do the treadmill for an hour, then I do a few light weights – 300, 250 repetitions, then I start my day with boxing, then I go in there and hit the gloves on about 30 minutes, 25 minutes. Must be in better shape. "
Later Melbourne boxing promoter Brian Amatruda Tyson was reportedly offering a million dollars to conduct a charity fight in Australia.
And meanwhile, there are no plans for a matchup between Holyfield and Tyson, it could still happen. In their 1996 fight, Holyfield stopped Tyson on the penultimate round to win his WBA heavyweight belt, and their 1997 fight, also known as The Bite Fight, ended with Tyson Holyfield biting a piece of his ear.