Kevin McBride believes he can defy the odds Tyson Fury style to give Irish boxing a ‘lift’ when he returns to the ring on June 5.
The Monaghan big man fights former four-time heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, in an exhibition clash on the undercard to Teofimo Lopez’s mandatory defense against George Kambosos.
Triller, who broadcast Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones and Jake Paul’s most recent knockouts will present the card on pay-per-view.
The Monaghan native, who famously beat Mike Tyson in 2005, will fight for the first time in just under a decade and at the age of 47. In fact, it’s 47-year-old versus 58-year-old and not a fight too many Irish fight fans are happy to see never mind excited about.
However, the Clones Colossus goes into the clash with a pep in his step and determined to excite. The American-based retired heavy claims he will evoke the spirit of Tyson Fury to bring a smile back to the face of Irish fans upset by Carl Frampton’s defeat.
“Tyson Fury is a big inspirational figure to me. He’s beaten all the odds,” Mcbride said. “The way he got up in that fight, in the last round [against Deontay Wilder] that was amazing – it had the whole world talking! And Tyson Fury has beaten the drugs and the alcohol, he’s overcome so many odds. One of my biggest wins was beating the alcohol, I’ve been sober for seven years now.
“I’m so excited to be getting another big opportunity and I will give it my all. The great Marvelous Marvin Hagler passed away a short time ago as everyone knows. I drew so much inspiration from being around Marvelous and with me being trained by his trainer, Goody Petronelli – he was in my corner the night I beat Tyson. That was the greatest night of my life at the time. I even met Muhammad Ali that night in 2005, he said to me, ‘I’m the greatest, you’re the latest!’
“But now, after I beat Holyfield, me and Tyson can fight our rematch. This is exciting stuff for boxing and fans know they want to see it. Myself, I’m ready to make more history. Irish boxing needs a lift after Carl’s [Frampton] loss. I’ll give it to them on June 5th.”