Frank Bruno turns down £100,000 to fight Evander Holyfield because he could go blind


FRANK Bruno has turned down a profitable supply to fight Evander Holyfield – because he could be blinded if he steps again within the ring.

Retired World Champion Bruno was provided £100,000 to tackle the legendary American – who returned to boxing final evening towards former MMA star Vitor Belfort after a 10-year absence.

Frank Bruno fears he could be blinded if he steps again within the ringCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspaper Ltd
Evander Holyfield has returned to boxing after a 10-year absence
Evander Holyfield has returned to boxing after a 10-year absenceCredit: Getty

But Frank, 59, advised the Sun on Sunday he had dominated out changing into Holyfield’s subsequent opponent because yet another punch within the face could blind him.

Frank, who retired in 1996, mentioned: “The eye damage I sustained all these years in the past in my final fight towards Mike Tyson means I threat shedding my sight if I ever field once more.

“So, even though I am fit and in great shape, I’ve had to say thanks but no thanks. You can’t put a price on your health.”

Holyfield, 58, reigned at heavyweight and Cruiserweight and famously had his ear chomped by Mike Tyson in a 1997 bout.

Instead of taking him, Frank – who has battled psychological sick well being since retirement – is now specializing in throwing a glitzy bash to have a good time turning 60 in November.

The dad-of-four is throwing a ball to increase money for his charity, the Frank Bruno Foundation, which helps individuals struggling psychological well being woes.

A string of celebs and retired boxers – together with Ricky Hatton, Jonny Nelson and his companion Kirsty Gallagher – are anticipated to attend the Frank Bruno Diamond Ball on November 12 at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Bruno can also be auctioning off the canvas from the Wembley ring the place he grew to become a World Champion towards Oliver McCall in 1995 in entrance of a delirious crowd.

Frank Bruno sustained an eye injury in his fight against Mike Tyson
Frank Bruno sustained an eye fixed damage in his fight towards Mike TysonCredit: Getty

Frank added: “We’re hoping to raise lots of money so my Foundation can help the rising numbers of people going through tough times. Helping others as well as staying fit and healthy is now my biggest fight. I’ll leave climbing back through the ropes to some of the other old geezers.”

A string of retired fighters have returned to the ring lately.

Last yr Bruno’s former foe, Tyson, 55, took on Roy Jones Jr, 52, in a fight that resulted in a draw.

Earlier this yr it was reported that ex-World Champion Lennox Lewis, 56, was additionally eyeing his personal return towards Tyson.