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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tyson, Holyfield Prime for 2nd Assault

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Don Turner, Evander Holyfield's trainer, has no doubt his man will beat Mike Tyson again.


"We're ready,'' snarls Richie Giachetti, who became Tyson's trainer after that shocking WBA title loss to Holyfield on Nov. 9.


Both camps have been loudly predicting victory. Now it's time for Holyfield and Tyson to back up the boasts.


"My people are talking and his side is talking, but those people are not going to fight,'' Tyson said. "I'm going to fight, and on Saturday night I'm going to be champion.''


"I'm the man, and he can't handle me,'' Holyfield said. "That individual can't get over the fact that I did it before. He may fight a better fight, but I will have enough if he does.''


Tyson was a 9-5 favorite to win what appears to be the richest fight ever. A gross worldwide income of $130 million has been projected for the 12-round pay-per-view match. Holyfield is getting $35 million and Tyson $30 million.


How the fight -- before a sellout crowd of 16,331 paying up to $1,500 a ticket in the MGM Grand Garden -- will compare with some other heavyweight title matches remains to be seen. But it has all the ingredients to be truly memorable.


"I don't know if this is the greatest fight ever,'' Tyson said. "I know it's been built up as the greatest fight ever.''


The buildup began almost as soon as the first fight ended. And it didn't slacken even when the fight had to be moved back from May 3 because of a cut over Tyson's left eye sustained in training.


It indeed is an intriguing fight.


Can Holyfield perform to the level he reached in the first fight? Or will 26 years of boxing and 34 years of age combine to suddenly make him an old fighter whose body doesn't obey his will?


"The big thing for all my fights is that I have to train hard,'' Holyfield said. "I'm a hard worker, and I know you can't live off your past performances. Winning is doing your best, and I do my best every time I get into the ring.'' Tyson, who will be 31 on Monday, has had more pro fights than Holyfield (47 to 36), but he had a much shorter amateur career. And although he's been knocked out twice, he's undergone a lot less wear and tear than the champion.


Holyfield, 1.86 meters, held his ground against the 1.79 meters Tyson and often moved him back by planting his left foot between Tyson's feet and pushing.


Holyfield and Tyson each weighed in officially Thursday at 98 kilograms. That is two kilograms less than Tyson weighed for the first fight and 1 1/2 more than Holyfield weighed,


The only change Holyfield expects from Tyson is for him "to be more aggressive, which plays into my hands. It will make the fight end a lot quicker than it did the last time.''


Holyfield, however, must guard against looking for an early knockout. That could lead to a costly mistake against the hard-punching Tyson, who has 39 knockouts on his 45-2 record. Holyfield's record is 33-3, with 24 knockouts.


Tyson nailed Holyfield with the first punch of the first fight, a right to the head, and had him in trouble in the fifth round, especially when he landed a right to the body and followed with a right uppercut to the head.


Tyson was ahead by a point on each of two official cards and behind by a point on the third after five rounds. Holyfield then took charge, winning four of the next five rounds on each of two cards and all five on the third. Holyfield was awarded 10-8 rounds in the sixth and 10th by two judges and a 10-8 round in the sixth by the third judge.