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Tyson and Holyfield reunited

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Boxing fans waited in line at a grocery store Saturday, not for a fight, but for a heavyweight reunion.

Evander Holyfield was in attendance promoting his new BBQ sauce when who shows up but Mike Tyson. The controversial former champion shared his thoughts on making amends and being a changed man, saying he's not changed, but simply who he is now.

What was supposed to be a surprise appearance by Tyson, ended up being the city's worst kept secret. Most of those who waited in line to meet five time world boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield had heard beforehand about the "bonus match-up."

The former rivals' infamous fight in 1997, where Tyson actually bit Holyfield's ears, will never be forgotten. That it has even been forgiven seems to be a testament to both fighters' maturity.

Tyson said that his appearance at the grocery store is purely for just wanting to help his friend Evander. As each man works on his success outside of the ring, Tyson lent his weight to Holyfield's tasty new venture: The Real Deal Bar-b-cue sauce. Tyson joked that since he is a vegan, he'll put it on his carrots.

Holyfield's Real Deal sauce is one of many products featured at Jewel Osco as part of the store's African American vendor series during Black History Month. Even other rival sauce makers at Jewel Osco welcome the champs' appearance.

Returning the favor of Tyson showing up to Holyfield's sauce debut, Evander will be in attendance at Mike's one man show at the Cadillac Theatre. The Undisputed Truth tour is garnering critical acclaim, and is showing another unexpected side of the often troubled heavyweight.

When all is said and done, it seems that putting aside old rivalries will catapult both former champs on the road to a win, win.

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