30 for 30 (2009– )
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Explores the years that Evander Holyfield spent trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson.


Steven Cantor


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Episode credited cast:
Seth Abraham Seth Abraham ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Albert Steve Albert ... Himself (archive footage)
Teddy Atlas Teddy Atlas ... Himself (archive footage)
Al Bernstein Al Bernstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Riddick Bowe Riddick Bowe ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Bruno ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Buffer ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Clemons Eric Clemons ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Cortez ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Cosell ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Czyz Bobby Czyz ... Himself (archive footage)
Carlos De Leon Carlos De Leon ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Dokes Michael Dokes ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Donaldson ... Himself (archive footage)
James 'Buster' Douglas ... Himself (archive footage)


With his outsized personality and ferocious punches, Mike Tyson cast a commanding shadow over boxing in the 1980s and '90s. Even when "Iron Mike" was in prison, the heavyweight division belonged to him. Meanwhile, like Ahab patiently waiting to reel in his giant whale, Evander Holyfield endured years of delay for the opportunity to take down Tyson. Though Holyfield captured the heavyweight title when he knocked out Buster Douglas, the prevailing view of the mild-mannered Holyfield was that he was a journeyman -- the heavyweight champion but never a truly great one. Though Holyfield dramatically lost and recaptured the heavyweight crown, and then lost it again, even he understood that his career would ultimately be defined by how he stood up to Tyson -- if he ever got his chance. By the time of their much-hyped and oft-delayed heavyweight title bout in November of 1996, Holyfield was 34 and considered past his prime. Four years younger, Tyson was heavily favored to be standing over ...

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10 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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music by Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis
Published by Pas la peine and Volvox Music
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Another Winner
18 November 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 for 30: Chasing Tyson (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Good documentary covering the career of Evander Holyfield and why no one ever paid him too much attention or gave him the credit he deserved until he could line up a match with Mike Tyson. The documentary covers Holyfield's days of trying to get a fight with Tyson and how it was put on hold for several years due to Tyson's rape conviction.

The film doesn't use a bunch of talking heads to tell its story but instead we get archival interviews that were done as all this stuff was going on. As you'd expect there's a bunch of video footage of fights Holyfield had in his early days and these are certainly fun to watch. It's even more fun to watch the interviews where people were constantly questioning Holyfield and even up to the infamous rematch and Tyson losing it in the ring.

There's no question that this is a highly entertaining look at Holyfield's career but it's also a bit ironic that this heavyweight champion is still remembered for what Tyson did to his ear.

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