By Sanjeev Shetty, BBC Sport OnlineLewis targets a unification fight with Holyfield, but looks vulnerable in his two bouts that year – he is rocked by Shannon Briggs before winning by fifth round stoppage, while unheralded Croatian Zeljko Mavrovic lasts 12 rounds.
After extensive negotiations, the fight the world wants to see - Lewis v Holyfield - is scheduled for 13 March 1999 at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.
Tyson gets involved briefly in professional wrestling, before the Nevada State Athletic Commission reissues him with a licence. His comeback will be against South African Francois Botha, a fighter with a reputation for durability.
Did you know?
Tyson was paid about $4m for his appearance in the WWF, where his only responsibility was to count to three and fake a punch at wrestler Shawn Michaels.