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Boxing: Mike Tyson’s bite of Evander Holyfield turns 25

PFew moments in boxing history have been as surprising as the one experienced on the night of the June 28, 1997. At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the


PFew moments in boxing history have been as surprising as the one experienced on the night of the June 28, 1997. At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the long-awaited rematch between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield for the heavyweight title of the World Boxing Association and that went down in history for the bite of ‘Iron Mike’.

In November of the previous year, Holyfield had stunned the world by beating Tyson by knockout, in a fight that had been canceled in 1990 because of ‘Iron Mike’s’ even more shocking loss to Buster Douglas and in 1991 because of Tyson’s rape conviction. He was released from prison in 1995 and won four fights before facing Holyfield for the first timewhen he lost in the fast lane, leaving all the expectation for the second match.

In the pre-combat events, Tyson stayed repeatedly from the headers that he received in the first fight and claimed that he received one in the second round of the rematch, which triggered the bite.

In the third assault, after missing a couple of blows, he was crimped, with Holyfield’s head under his and decided to bite his rival, who came out screaming in pain and claiming the referee, who decided to penalize Tyson with two points.

But the matter did not end there, since the fight resumed and Tyson bit Holyfield again, after which he was disqualified, lost his license for a little over a year and had to pay $3 million in fines