Boxing legend Evander Holyfield has launched a scathing attack on Tyson Fury’s dad John, claiming the vocal coach has ‘no name in boxing’.
Fury Snr, 57, recently declared himself open to fighting former Heavyweight Champion Holyfield and Mike Tyson on the ‘same night’.
Holyfield was stunned by the comments, which he brushed off as a ‘catchy’ way to get attention.
The Real Deal told SunSport: “Well, here’s a guy who has no name in boxing and has a son who has done well.
“It’s nothing more than charming and it feels good.
“But unfortunately I think it’s just an eye-catcher if someone said they would fight Mike Tyson and Holyfield on the same day.
“Anyone can say that. I haven’t seen anyone say that with good sense. Why would this man who is 57 years old say that to me?
“Who has he fought throughout his career that allows him to say that?”
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Boxing Hall of Famer Holyfield returned to the ring earlier this month for an exhibition bout with former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort.
The former undisputed cruiserweight king looked every bit in his 58-year-old as he was blitzed under two minutes by the Brazilian Belfort.
Holyfield got angry with the referee after the stoppage, which he thought was premature.
The 1984 Olympic bronze medalist is looking forward to sharing the ring with The Phenom again, saying: “I’ll fight Vitor Belfort again!
“The fact of the matter is, it was very rude and very wrong for someone to sit here and try to pump someone up or glorify the other person’s way of winning.
“Anybody who has common sense, who respects the sport of boxing, will say, ‘You’re going to sit here and try to rob this guy of what this guy’s done his whole life, you Want to tell me that you will do that?’
“It’s not even to offend Vitor Belfort personally, he’s a fighter he just fights. It wasn’t really his problem.
“I was talking about my whole point being that I had the opportunity to do what I wanted and I don’t have a problem with Vitor – he just did what he did and that was fighting.
“He thinks to swing, he’s supposed to go for the best, I’m not mad at him at all! I have nothing bad to say about him.
“He hit me with his head once and he stepped on my leg, as I said, which made me fall.
“I think someone should have told the referee that he didn’t get hurt, don’t stop the fight.
“But I heard someone told the referee to stop the fight.
“There’s a three-knockdown rule. But did he knock me down? He didn’t.”
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