MIKE TYSON has appeared to have performed a U-turn over his trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield after confirming the bout is on.
SunSport revealed this week that Holyfield’s camp were claiming that Iron Mike had rejected a £21.5million offer to step back in the ring.
The proposed 50/50 clash would have seen the heavyweight rivals lace up their gloves at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on May 29.
But Holyfield’s manager Kris Lawrence appeared to throw cold water over the fight by branding negotiations “a waste of time”.
He said: “We thought this was a done deal but it quickly fell apart when Tyson’s people declined all offers.
“We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time.”
Tyson however has admitted he fully expects the fight to be given the green-light once final formalities are straightened out.
The Baddest Man on the Planet, 54, even backed himself for victory at the third time of asking following successive defeats to Holyfield, 58, in the ’90s.
Speaking to Haute Living on an Instagram Live, he said: “I see that happening in the near future, me and Holyfield.
“Only thing we have to do is get some small fundamental differences [resolved], get some paperwork done and then it’s on to the races with me and Evander… I just want everybody to know the fight is on with me and Holyfield.
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“Holyfield’s a humble man, I know that, and he’s a man of God.. but I’m God’s man and listen, I’m going to be successful May 29.”
Tyson was stunned by Holyfield in their first fight in 1996 after a dramatic defeat.
And the rematch a year later was infamously ended after Iron Mike was disqualified for biting the champion’s ear.