TJune 28 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most unusual and iconic moments in the history of boxing and sports in general: Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield on the ear in their rematch.
Tyson lost Buster Douglas February 11, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan. In 1992 he went to prison accused of raping Desiree Washington; In 1995, he was released, and in 1996 he suffered a second defeat in professional boxing: Evander Holyfield knocked him out in 11 rounds on November 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
A rematch was scheduled for June 28, 1997.the scenario would have been the same, but this time it was dominated by the rage and vengeance that Mike Tyson is.
The famous fight was renamed the “Battle of the Bites”.
As in the first fight, Holyfield dominated the fight, he was better than the smaller Tyson, Mike did not last long, and in an unusual event in the history of boxing and sports, he bit an opponent on the ear.
In the clinch, “Iron Mike” pulled out all his desperation and took a bite holyfield ear, who complained incredulously to referee Mills Lane, who tested him and decided to disqualify him Mike Tyson to the surprise of the onlookers, who didn’t know what was going on.
That was until the arena screen appeared in slow motion when Tyson bit Holyfield so that the fans would understand the whole situation.
Tyson was injured for life, suspended, and did not fight again until 1999. Holyfield retained the full World Boxing Association title but lost part of his ear. The fight went down in history as “Biting Battle.
What happened to the ear that Tyson bit Holyfield with?
Undoubtedly, this event will remain in the history of boxing, and no one will forget this chapter. Mike Tyson career, for which he is criticized to this day.
But the question is, what happened to Holyfield’s ear? According to several media outlets, former boxer and his then gym coach Tim Hallmark stated that he was lost in the ambulance taking Evander from MGM to the hospital.