Haye supports Tyson and Holyfield comebacks, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’

David Haye has told talkSPORT he is in favour of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield making boxing comebacks in their 50s.

The recently retired British former heavyweight champion insisted he is not planning a return himself, but has been intrigued by footage posted by the American legends in recent weeks.

Haye supports Tyson and Holyfield comebacks, 'What's the worst that can happen?'

David Haye held the WBA heavyweight title

Holyfield has claimed he is in talks with Tyson over a trilogy bout and some have questioned whether this should be allowed considering their respective ages of 57 and 53.

However, Haye told talkSPORT Drive: “It’s been fun watching the likes of Tyson and Holyfield talking about having a big comeback.

“I’m all for fighters of old fighting, as long as it’s a 50-year-old fighter fighting another 50-year-old fighter.

“No issues with that, just like I wouldn’t mind Andre Agassi and Boris Becker having a tennis match. I don’t mind, that’s fantastic, I’d be happy to see that.

Haye supports Tyson and Holyfield comebacks, 'What's the worst that can happen?'

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“Although they might not be the guys they were 30 years ago, I don’t care, it’s still them, you’re going to see the names.

“You can still see they’ve got the same technique, they’re the same person, just not as fast. Same thing with boxers.

“Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield had two great fights, Holyfield came off best both times, I expect the same thing to happen again.

“But let them, if they wanna earn some money, if they wanna entertain people during lockdown, I’m all for it.

Haye supports Tyson and Holyfield comebacks, 'What's the worst that can happen?'

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“What’s the worst that can happen? One of them gets knocked out. Well, they’ve spent their whole lives doing that anyway.

“That’s what they do, they’re both born fighters, that’s what they’re here for.

“They’ve both been put on this Earth to fight people and that’s what they’ve done their whole lives.

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“They both look in great shape, I saw Tyson hitting the mitts. He looked like his old self.

“I know it was only a small 15-second clip, but if you’d have said, ‘That’s prime Mike Tyson,’ I’d have said, ‘Yeah, course it is, look at him. Look at that movement.’

“The punches were fantastic. If he’s ten per cent of that in the ring, let him get in the ring.

“There’s plenty of fat, old fighters currently boxing as journeymen and everyone lets that happen.

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“So why not let someone like Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield jump back in and do it.

“As long as they pass the medical, as long as they’re physically healthy enough to do it. As long as they pass the brain scan and the blood tests.

“As long as everyone’s healthy to get in there and do it, crack on. What else are you gonna do?”


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