Mike Tyson is reportedly running 'scared' of heavyweight rival Evander Holyfield, having turned down the chance of a trilogy fight against his old foe 'multiple times'.
The 54-year-old is due to enter the ring for the first time since 2005 at the end of this month when he squares off in an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr.
Tyson suggested back in the spring he was open to more bouts of a similar nature going forward.
But according to TMZ, Iron Mike has been ducking invitations from former undisputed world cruiserweight and heavyweight champions Holyfield through fear of defeat.
The pair have plenty of history in the ring, ever since Tyson's disqualification for biting a chunk of Holyfield's ear off in their 1997 rematch.
Holyfield had won the first encounter between them the year prior, but any hopes he has of sealing a hat-trick over Tyson are slowly being dashed.
As per TMZ's report, Tyson is already said to have snubbed numerous offers from Holyfield to reignite their rivalry.
"It's not even about the money at this point, I think Tyson is scared," their sources said.
"We've offered multiple times and Tyson vs. Holyfield is the fight that should happen."
Holyfield has been back in training himself as he eyes a return on the exhibition circuit.
The 58-year-old posted an image on to his Instagram account a week ago with the caption: "Who would like to see Holyfield vs Tyson 3?"
Tyson responded in a television interview: "That’s always something that we can do if the people want it, if it’s pragmatic enough, I’d love to do it."
Both men have long since put their old feud behind them and have built up a friendship over the years, which could persuade Tyson to accept Holyfield's offer.
Speaking of his decision to agree to a comeback fight against Jones Jr, Tyson said: "This is what we want to do. Sometimes the gods of war, they revive you and say, ‘You have to do more’."
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