In a reunion that was once unthinkable, Tyson will be Holyfield's presenter for his induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame made the announcement on its website.
Tyson will deliver the presenting speech for the former heavyweight champion. The ceremony will take place August 9 at the New Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.
Tyson calls the opportunity to present Holyfield a "privilege and high honor."
Holyfield's response to Tyson presenting him: "That is great!"
Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame president and founder Rich Marotta says that Tyson presenting Holyfield is "sheer magic."
"This is the kind of thing we showed is possible in boxing last year at our inaugural induction ceremony," Marotta said. "Former and even current rivals coming together under the same roof to celebrate boxing. Everyone checks those rivalries at the door."
In November 1996, Holyfield defeated Tyson at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas by an 11th-round TKO. Their highly anticipated rematch was in June 1997 at the same venue. In the third round of that bout, Tyson shocked fans around the world when he bit off a piece of Holyfield's right ear. Tyson was disqualified from the fight.
In the years that have followed the ear-biting, Holyfield and Tyson have been on better terms. They've even been in a recent television commercial together. In a humorous Foot Locker ad, Tyson says, "I'm sorry, Evander," handing him a box that is supposed to have the piece of Holyfield's ear in it, saying he kept it in formaldehyde.
Included in this year's Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame class are Holyfield, George Foreman, Roberto Duran, Joe Louis, Sonny Liston, Cornelius Boza Edwards, Jack Dempsey and Archie Moore. Tyson is a member of the inaugural class of 2013.
It was wrong of tyson to bite holyfield, but the reason he did it was because holyfield is known for head butting his opponents. When holyfield gets in close to an opponent, a lot of times his head hits the opponent in the face or head. Whether he does it purposely Im not sure. But tyson was head butted a couple of times in that fight and the referee did nothing about it. So tyson decided to bite holyfield. Tyson should have let his fists do the talking instead of biting him.