Evander Holyfield is targeting a shock return to boxing at the age of 57 for a fourth bout with former rival Riddick Bowe.
The two men fought three times in the 90’s (1992, 93 & 95), with Bowe emerging victorious twice, and Holyfield has now said he wants the pair to meet again in Japan.
Holyfield, the only four-time heavyweight champion, said he is ready to fight, but will be content if a potential clash is vetoed.
“I had something set up [an exhibition bout] in Japan that they were talking about doing, but now nobody is saying anything,” he told World Boxing News.
“Hopefully it will happen but I had nobody talk to me lately about it. If we do it then fine, if we don’t I’m good.
“I wanted to do it with Riddick Bowe. We’re friends. And the kind of money they’re talking about would be pretty good for three rounds.
“Yes, I can do that. I’m ready.”
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Holyfield has not boxed since earning a TKO win over Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen in 2011, while Bowe has been out of action even longer, last competing in 2008.
If a fight were to materialise, it would not be a fully-fledged contest, with a three-round exhibition the likely route, which has become more common in recent years with legends such as Floyd Mayweather winding back the clock to don the gloves again.
As Anthony Joshua prepares to rematch Andy Ruiz Jr in December in an attempt to win back his titles, Holyfield has warned ‘AJ’ to change his tactics or expect the same outcome.
“Andy Ruiz Jr. really can fight. He has fast hands and can really hit hard. But don’t nobody seem to know it.
“Everyone is thinking it’s a fluke (that he beat Anthony Joshua the first time), but the guy showed he can get up from being knocked down. He got took down and got back up to win.”
He added: “You look at Ruiz and he doesn’t look like he can fight at all. Nothing tells you he can fight, but he can fight.