Tyson was examined by the ring doctor, and tied Holyfield up for the rest of the round. As Lane explained the decision to Tyson and his cornermen, Tyson asserted that the injury to Holyfield's ear was the result of a punch. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. 46-th professional bout of Mike Tyson, 09.11.1996 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL13cOaNQW6HM8GZpedkwTRnTC3Hdg2RBP - All 57 Mike Tyson pro fights. Nonetheless, Tyson was sentenced with a permanent suspension from boxing and his license cancelled indefinitely. The fight was delayed for several minutes as Lane debated what to do. I went 10 rounds with Holyfield.” Tyson was making his first defense of the WBA championship he had won from Bruce Seldon in a first-round knockout. On October 16, 2009, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Tyson apologized to Holyfield. The commentators for the Sky Sports broadcast of the bout, Ian Darke and Glenn McCrory, theorized that no one had been disqualified in a title bout for more than 50 years, estimating that the last disqualification was during a bout between Joe Louis and Buddy Baer, where Baer was disqualified after his manager refused to leave the ring. After a year and an appeal in court, Tyson's license was reinstated. The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. The bite avulsed a one-inch piece of cartilage from the top of the ear, and Tyson spat out the piece of ear onto the ring floor. “Tyson was one of the biggest heavyweights ever but Holyfield is a better fighter,” Nielsen added. 29/11/2020 09:45. in Boxe. In the sixth, a headbutt from Holyfield (judged accidental by Halpern) opened a cut over Tyson's left eye, and Tyson also suffered a knockdown, as Holyfield caught him with a left hook to the chest as Tyson rushed in. The fight was also examined from the perspective of both boxers in the 30 for 30 documentary Chasing Tyson. Henry Akinwande, a British fighter who defeated Jeremy Williams for the title Riddick Bowe vacated to set up the third and last fight with Holyfield, took on former North American Boxing Federation champion Alexander Zolkin. Holyfield quickly landed another brutal extended combination, sending Tyson back into the ropes. Tyson was released from prison in 1995 and resumed his career with great fanfare. Tyson said it was retaliation for the headbutts.. Lane sent Tyson to a neutral corner as an enraged Holyfield gestured for Mills Lane to look at his bitten ear, which was bleeding profusely. I do not agree with it but it is what it is...all I know is Mike Tyson has a cut in his eye. In all, five (including Tyson's ) were contested for that night. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. Mike Tyson VS Evander Holyfield très bientôt … Dans le sud de la France ? Tyson's loss to Buster Douglas, which he had intended as a tune-up fight for the Holyfield match, derailed those plans. The WBC installed him as its number one contender and ordered the winner of a fight between Oliver McCall, their champion who knocked out Lennox Lewis in 1994, and Frank Bruno, a veteran British contender who had fought and lost to Tyson during his first run as champion, to fight him in their next bout. I have the greatest respect for you. Tyson inserted his mouthpiece, got back into position and the match resumed. Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "the Sound and the Fury" and afterwards infamously referred to as "the Bite Fight" or "the Bite of '97" was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. Holyfield defended effectively for the rest of round one and hammered Tyson with several counterpunches. The referee … Holyfield was given the first shot at the new champion and won in a third-round knockout. Moorer had defeated Axel Schulz earlier in 1996 for the title that had been stripped from lineal champion George Foreman; Botha had defeated Schulz in an earlier fight for the vacant title but the result was vacated following a doping violation. They rematched a year later, in the infamous the 'Bite Fight'. As Tyson mainly threw one punch at a time, Holyfield blocked the first attack, then used his strength to clinch, and shove Tyson backwards. However, Holyfield managed to beat Ricky Womack twice and qualify into the Olympic team, while Tyson did not make it, losing on points to Henry Tillman.. Another promoted fight featured star women's boxer Christy Martin, who had gained some notoriety and was becoming a star; she defeated her opponent by knockout in one round. In the 2008 documentary Tyson, the boxer claimed he did it as retaliation for the headbutting. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated. Later, during post-match interviews, Tyson was walking back to his locker room when a fan from the stadium tossed a bottle of water in his direction. After Tyson won decisively, a fight was signed for November 18, 1991. By 1990, he was looking to challenge Tyson and after some hard negotiating the two fighters would agree to a fight later that year. They also compared the fight to The Long Count Fight and the Phantom Punch incident. “He was a much better boxer and also had a good punch. Holyfield tied Tyson up and revealed the first surprise of the fight, his superior strength, as he pushed Tyson backwards. by Vanessa Maurel. Holyfield chased him into the ropes and landed a series of devastating blows. When Tyson and Holyfield retired from boxing they befriended each other and are close friends today. Holyfield first beat Tyson in 1996, winning in round 11 in what was considered an upset. , The fight began with Holyfield dominating Tyson. Mills Lane was interviewed, and said he knew from experience that the bites were intentional. In 1986, Tyson became the youngest fighter ever to win a world heavyweight championship when he knocked Trevor Berbick out in the second round to win the World Boxing Council title as part of an ongoing series of fights designed to unify the belts of the WBC, WBA, and the International Boxing Federation and create an undisputed world champion. The fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the second, Holyfield drove Tyson into the ropes and stung him with a hard combination, and his strategy for the match became clear. Holyfield came up through the ranks of the light heavyweight division before making his name as a cruiserweight. Mike Tyson Photo ICon Sport. At the end of the tenth round, a punch from Holyfield sent Tyson staggering across the ring. Holyfield left the ring seconds after the interview, which gave the fans and audience the hint that the fight was over. Preparing to fight Tyson, Holyfield employed Mike Weaver, the WBA ex-champion, as a personal assistant. The bout was the first fight pitting the two boxers against each other and it would be followed up with a controversial rematch. However, a controversial ending to the fight, which Tyson won by technical knockout, led to an immediate rematch and further delayed the showdown between Tyson and Holyfield. Showtime promoted the event as a heavyweight title tripleheader, as two other champions were defending their titles that night as well. Upon reviewing replays, referee Mills Lane stated the headbutts were unintentional and nonpunishable.. Mike Tyson, 53 ans, et Evander Holyfield, 57 ans, ont annoncé leur retour sur le ring il y a peu. As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece. The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year.  The fight was resumed. Tyson had to be restrained as he was led off. In the fifth round, Tyson landed a fierce combination, his best of the match, and Holyfield did not stagger. Tyson came out fast and sent Holyfield reeling with his first solid punch. The referee officiating the fight was Mills Lane, who was brought in as a late replacement when Tyson's camp protested the original selection of Mitch Halpern (who officiated the first fight) as the referee. Tyson cried out in pain and his knees buckled, but again the referee judged the headbutt to be unintentional. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated. In doing so, he head-butted Tyson, opening a large cut over the latter's right eye (although trainer Ritchie Giachetti believed the cut happened in the first round). However, Holyfield surprised Tyson by controlling the contest and knocked him down in the sixth round. Evander Holyfield et Mike Tyson pourraient se retrouver prochainement pour un 3ème affrontement. Tyson was also fined $3,000,000 and had to serve a period of community service. Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 3: 'Good chance' trilogy is booked by 'end of week' Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fought twice in the 1990s, with 'The Real Deal' winning both encounters. The instructor said, "They will have to explain that. "Bullshit," Lane retorted. During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield's left ear. By the sound of the bell, Tyson was out on his feet and defenseless, but his corner allowed him out for the eleventh. Holyfield won the first three rounds.  The revocation was not permanent; slightly more than a year later on October 18, 1998, the commission voted 4–1 to restore Tyson's license.. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, billed as Finally, was a professional boxing match fought between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson for the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship on November 9, 1996 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. , The fight generated a total revenue of $180 million (equivalent to $287 million adjusted for inflation), from live gate, pay-per-view, closed-circuit telecasts, foreign television rights, and casino profits. To protect Holyfield, security surrounded him in his corner and Tyson was taken back to his corner by security. He knocked Seldon out in the first round and a fight was set up with Holyfield, who despite his former championship pedigree was regarded as past his prime. He fought journeyman Peter McNeeley in his first fight and then, before a national television audience, knocked out fringe contender Buster Mathis, Jr.. At 32 seconds into the second round, Holyfield ducked under a right from Tyson. WBA super bantamweight champion Antonio Cermeno defeated challenger Eddy Saenz after his opponent decided not to continue following the fifth round.  Holyfield also became the first person since Muhammad Ali to win a heavyweight championship belt three times, although, unlike Ali, Holyfield's third championship win had not been for the lineal heavyweight title, which was at that time held by George Foreman. Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "the Sound and the Fury" and afterwards infamously referred to as "the Bite Fight" or "the Bite of '97" was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. Holyfield accepted his apology and forgave Tyson.. Bobby Czyz, who was calling the fight with Steve Albert for Showtime said, "I wonder how this would have played in Mitch Halpern's eyes," and Albert told Czyz, "That's a thought, Bobby." 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Twenty-five minutes after the brawl ended, announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the decision: "Ladies and gentlemen, this bout has been stopped at the end of round number three. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. As the rounds passed, Tyson was unable to adjust, and found himself being thoroughly outboxed. Tyson's second bite just scarred Holyfield's ear. He moved up to heavyweight in 1988 and continued to work his way up the rankings. The men walked back to their respective corners, and when the second bite was discovered, the fight was stopped. , As a result of biting Holyfield on both ears and other behavior, Tyson's boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he was fined $3 million plus legal costs. When interviewed about his championship and the incident with Tyson, Holyfield said he already forgave Tyson for biting him since he has 100% faith in "God" and "Jesus". Akinwande emerged victorious with a tenth-round knockout in the first defense of his belt. Tyson would never seriously hurt Holyfield for the remainder of the fight. Undefeated WBC world minimumweight champion Ricardo Lopez knocked out contender Morgan Ndumo in the sixth round to retain his title. Tyson began the third round with a furious attack. Tyson and Holyfield got acquainted while preparing for the 1984 Summer Olympics, being both on the "losing squad," second-ranked substitutes for their much higher regarded No. Holyfield told the press afterward that Tyson bit him because he knew he was going to get knocked out and he chose to lose in a disqualification instead. During the next two rounds, Tyson continued missing wild punches and absorbing counterpunches from Holyfield. Halpern stopped the fight in the eleventh round, giving Holyfield an upset victory. Mike Tyson fights for the first time since retiring in 2005 Evander Holyfield Holyfield twice beat Tyson and wants to face him for a third time after announcing he is also coming out of retirement. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, billed as Finally, was a professional boxing match fought between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson for the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship on November 9, 1996 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. In what was still a relatively young division — having only been sanctioned as a title-holding weight class since 1979 — Holyfield quickly became its first undisputed champion when he won all three major sanctioning bodies' titles. Afterward, Tyson took steps to become a power in the heavyweight division while Holyfield went on to win the bronze medal in Los Angeles. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, billed as Finally, was a professional boxing match fought between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson for the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship on November 9, 1996 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. He had told Tyson not to bite anymore, and said Tyson asked to be disqualified by disobeying that order. 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As a result, Holyfield remained the WBA Heavyweight champion. Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "the Sound and the Fury" and afterwards infamously referred to as "the Bite Fight" or "the Bite of '97" was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. With 15 seconds left in the seventh round, Tyson lunged at Holyfield as Holyfield came forward, resulting in a hard clash of heads. Holyfield, who had studied Tyson's style intensively, later explained that Tyson dipped to his left, from which position he usually loaded up a left hook, but on this occasion surprised Holyfield by firing a right cross. The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year. Moorer knocked the previously undefeated Botha out in the final round to retain the title. The next year, Tyson won the other two championships to become the first fighter since Leon Spinks to be an undisputed world heavyweight champion. , Tyson and Holyfield fought seven months earlier in Las Vegas. ". , After the fight was stopped, Tyson went on a rampage at Holyfield and his trainer Brooks while they were still in their corner. The IBF title match was contested with Michael Moorer taking on Francois Botha. The first of the three heavyweight title fights followed. Tyson, meanwhile, entered into a fight with Canadian heavyweight contender Donovan Ruddock with the winner to face Holyfield. As Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, Tyson shoved him from behind. After the end of the round, Tyson threw a punch after the bell; an unintimidated Holyfield retaliated. The referee in charge, Mills Lane, disqualifies Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield in both ears, the winner by way of disqualification and still the WBA Champion of the world, Evander 'the Real Deal' Holyfield!" Holyfield, despite being a former champion, was a significant underdog entering the match as he had been rather lackluster in several fights since he returned to fighting in 1995 after a brief retirement. Holyfield was then forced to retire due to a misdiagnosed heart condition, only to come back a year later. He would regain the WBA and IBF titles from Bowe in a rematch the following year, then lost them to Michael Moorer in 1994. At the post-fight press conference, Tyson addressed Holyfield: "Thank you very much. Lane ordered Tyson back to his corner to insert it. With forty seconds remaining in the round, Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, and Tyson rolled his head above Holyfield's shoulder and bit Holyfield on his right ear. An injury and Tyson's subsequent conviction for rape in 1992 indefinitely shelved the fight, as Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison. He fought Bowe one more time in the fall, getting knocked out for the first time in his career, and then fought an overmatched former cruiserweight world champion Bobby Czyz and knocked him out. Halpern had seen enough, and he stopped the fight, giving Holyfield one of the most famous upset victories in the history of boxing. , Reporters then interviewed Mike Tyson's instructor, who was upset about Lane's decision. The referee officiating the fight was Mitch Halpern. He also employed David Tua, the WBC champion, whose style and anthropometrics were close to Tyson's, as a sparring partner. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his … Tyson contre Holyfield La rencontre Tyson contre Holyfield a opposé les boxeurs professionnels Mike Tyson et Evander Holyfield à deux reprises : une première fois le 9 novembre 1996 et une seconde fois le 28 juin 1997, chaque rencontre s'étant déroulée au MGM Grand et … Bruno defeated McCall by decision, but then was soundly beaten by Tyson within three rounds. Holyfield, meanwhile, went on to reign as undisputed champion until losing to Riddick Bowe in November 1992. A book entitled The Bite Fight was made in 2013 by journalist George Willis, illustrating the lives of Tyson and Holyfield before, during, and after the fight. 1 teammates. Holyfield continued parrying Tyson's charges and catching him with punches to the head. Tyson would be stripped of the title for agreeing to fight WBA champion Bruce Seldon in his next fight instead of Lewis, the top contender. Lane's original decision was to immediately disqualify Tyson, but after the ringside doctor determined that Holyfield was able to continue despite the massive bite, Lane announced he would be deducting two points from Tyson and the fight would continue.
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