Evander Holyfield will fight Kevin McBride after negotiations for a bout with Mike Tyson fell through, according to Kris Lawrence, an adviser to Holyfield.
The eight-round exhibition match will take place June 5 in Miami on the undercard of a fight between Teofimo Lopez, the undisputed lightweight champion, and George Kambosos Jr.
Holyfield, 58, will be fighting for the first time in more than 10 years and against a boxer most famous for scoring a TKO against Tyson in what was the last fight of Tyson’s pro career.
But Lawrence also said he thinks a fight between Holyfield, the former undisputed heavyweight champion, and Tyson still will take place.
“It’s just too big not to happen,” Lawrence told USA TODAY Sports. “That would be the biggest show on earth, you know?”
Azim Spicer, Tyson’s brother-in-law and lead negotiator with Holyfield’s camp, sounded less optimistic.
“I have no clue about those guys,” Spicer told USA TODAY Sports. “Holyfield went from negotiating being a 50-50 participant in a major PPV event with Mike Tyson to being on the undercard.
“This event could lower the value of any potential Mike fight if Holyfield doesn’t look good.”