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Mike Tyson dropped in to spread the love, surprising everyone Saturday at an event in Chicago’s South Side hosted by his former rival Evander Holyfield. The two faced off, this time to hug it out and deliver nice plugs for each other.
It happened in a South Side supermarket, where Evander Holyfield was holding an autograph signing to promote his line of barbecue sauce. It just so happens both ex-heavyweight champs were in town on tour for their post-fighting work.
Tyson was in town for his autobiographical nationwide speaking tour, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.
Holyfield returned the favor, delivering a plug to Tyson’s work, saying that he saw his one-man show in Las Vegas and enjoyed it. Tyson was set to do his speaking show in town later that night. Before that, Tyson dropped in at Holyfields.
At the market, Tyson was quoted by the Associated Press, saying "I love Evander. I'm forever linked with him for the rest of my life."
And indeed they are. The two were bitter rivals during the nineties in series of heavyweight title fights that ended in Tyson biting a piece of Holyfield’s ear off. Tyson was disqualified, fined and suspended from fighting. There was longstanding tension between the two until 2009 when Tyson personally and publicly apologized to Holyfield on Oprah Winfrey's show.