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30 for 30 Doc Examines Why It Took So Long for Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson to Finally Meet in the Ring

30 for 30 Doc Examines Why It Took So Long for Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson to Finally Meet in the Ring

The next documentary from ESPN Films’ Peabody and Emmy Award-winning “30 for 30” series will be “Chasing Tyson,” premiering on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Directed by the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Steven Cantor, the film examines why so many years went by before Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson finally met in the ring.

Holyfield was a journeyman boxer who had earned respect with victorious bouts against greats like Buster Douglas, Riddick Bowe and George Foreman. He won the heavyweight championship belt four times. But it was Mike Tyson’s outsized personality and ferocious punches that cast a commanding shadow over boxing in the 1980s and ’90s. Even when “Iron Mike” was in prison, the heavyweight division belonged to him. Meanwhile, Holyfield endured years of delay while waiting for the opportunity to take down Tyson.

Though Holyfield dramatically lost and recaptured the heavyweight crown, and then lost it again, even he understood that his career would ultimately be defined by how he stood up to Tyson – if he ever got his chance. By the time of their much-hyped and oft-delayed heavyweight title bout in November of 1996, Holyfield was 34 years old and considered past his prime. Four years younger, Tyson was heavily favored to be standing over another meek and easily vanquished opponent at the end. Instead, the world got not one, but two of the sport’s most memorable fights – for very different reasons.

“Chasing Tyson” premieres on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Comments

M CREW LITE

I saw this on Netflix and it is still on Netflix’s streaming service. Holyfield is definitely a legend and way better than Tyson.

Josh

Holyfield…..the Rodney Dangerfield of Heavyweight Boxing. No respect…no respect at all. Yet he fought everyone…with courage, heart, and victory in most cases!

joekocur

Holyfield a "journeyman?" You’ve got to be kidding. He’s better all-time than Tyson and arguably one of the top 10 or 12 heavyweights of all-time.

Will

Holyfield looked like a sock full of conkers. No way was that normal. He went through the whole fight without tiring.

Paul

How can you call him a Journeyman? He is a legend

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