Saturday, June 28, 2014

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Mike Tyson X Evander Holyfield II (June 28, 1997) (Full fight)

17 years ago today, the rematch between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield took place for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. 7 months earlier Holyfield won the championship and took Tyson's belt.

Some Dirty Boxing bits to be gleaned from this fight :) (slight modification from the wording on Wiki):

  • 32 seconds into Round Two, Holyfield ducked under a right from Tyson, in doing so, head butting Tyson and opening a large cut over his right eye
  • Tyson had repeatedly complained about head-butting in the first bout between the two
  • With forty seconds remaining in Round 2 Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, and Tyson rolled his head above Holyfield's shoulder and bit Holyfield on his right ear, avulsing a one-inch piece of cartilage from the top of the ear, and spitting out the piece of ear on the ring floor. Holyfield shrieked in pain and jumped in circles
  • An enraged Holyfield gestured for Mills Lane to look at his bitten ear which was rapidly bleeding
  • The ringside doctor determined that Holyfield was able to continue despite the massive bite
  • During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield's left ear. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. Tyson's second bite just scarred Holyfield's ear

The full fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield where Tyson bites his ear off.

Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "The Sound and the Fury", was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997 for the WBA Heavyweight Championship.

The fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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.

Original Airdate: Saturday June 28, 1997 (SHOWTIME SPORTS)

Here is the full fight:

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