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The 25 years of Tyson’s cannibal episode as a boxer

Madrid. This Tuesday, a quarter of a century after his bite on Evander Holyfield's ear, the sports world will recognize Mike Tyson as one of the


Madrid. This Tuesday, a quarter of a century after his bite on Evander Holyfield’s ear, the sports world will recognize Mike Tyson as one of the most fearsome boxers of the 20th century, but they will remember him for his cannibalistic episode.

In Las Vegas, Tyson went out to collect a debt from Evander, who had knocked him out the year before. Helpless because he had lost the first two rounds, angered by the headbutts received, he went on his opponent and not caring that he was penalized a point for biting him, he persisted and tore off a piece of her ear.

Why did Mike do it? Looking for an explanation for Tyson’s behavior is a waste of time. The most that psychologists have said is that Mike’s way of being was his way of expressing rebellion against a world that crushed him since he was a child, to which he went out to charge the insults.

The result of a broken family, with a disregarded father, and sunk in poverty, Mike suffered bullying at school and soon developed a disobedience that some scholar interpreted as his way of rebelling against his unjust life.

Since he debuted as a professional in March 1985, an image of disregarding the rules was created, the one that he had carried since childhood, when he was recognized as the bad boy in the neighborhood.

Despite his short stature, 1.78 meters, the Iron Tyson marked an era as one of the most powerful fighters, with successful television bouts. Gustavo Borges