Mike Tyson says he will fight Lennox Lewis after Holyfield fight broke down

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Mike Tyson says he will return to the ring later this year to take on Lennox Lewis.

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson had clashed with Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout at the end of 2020.

He was expected to face former rival Evander Holyfield in a trilogy bout with a May date rumoured for that bout.

Though that appears to have fallen through with Tyson telling TMZ that a September clash with Lewis is set.

"I'm gonna fight Lennox Lewis," Tyson told TMZ on Tuesday. "September."

Lewis and Tyson did meet during their careers with the Brit stopping Iron Mike in the eighth round.

That was in June 2002 with both fighters now well into their fifties, though Tyson does look fighting fit.

He showed off some of his trademark power and speed in the clash with Jones Jr, though the fight was declared a draw.

Lewis has previously hinted he would be up for a rematch with Tyson, saying: "If the public wanted it then we would probably talk.”

Though the Brit hasn’t fought professionally since a 2003 victory over Vitali Klitschko, ending his career with a 41-2-1 record.

He also beat Holyfield, Shannon Briggs and Frank Bruno during a glittering career and remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed championship.

Tyson reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990 though struggled at the end of his career, losing three of his last four pro bouts.

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    And Tyson previously insisted his return had nothing to do with money, saying: “I could always use a buck like everybody else can. This is so much bigger than that.

    “I look at it like I’ve got to test myself. Isn’t that weird? Why do I have to test myself and constantly push myself?

    “Why am I who I am, and why do I react the way that I do? Why do I think? Why am I on the phone with you saying what I’m saying right now? What is causing me to say that? What’s causing me to breathe? What’s causing me to want to survive?”

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