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‘I bit him because I wanted to kill him’ – Mike Tyson recalls Evander Holyfield incident

Mike Tyson admitted he would bite a chunk Evander Holyfield’s ear off again if he was aggravated by his great rival.

Tyson was involved in one of the most controversial moments in boxing history in 1997 when he bit the ear of Evander Holyfield during their second battle for the WBA world heavyweight championship.

In a recent interview with Jim Gray on Fox News, Tyson revealed that he bit Holyfield’s ear because he “wanted to kill him” in the heat of the moment.

“I bit him because I wanted to kill him. I was really mad about my head being bumped and everything,” Tyson said. “I really lost consciousness of the whole fight. It took me out of my fight plan and everything.”

Tyson was stopped in round 11 of his first fight with Holyfield in 1996, a year before his now infamous disqualification.

But the heavyweight legends have since made amends and could even box for a third time with both preparing to come out of retirement.

Tyson, 54, faces Roy Jones Jr, 51, next weekend in his landmark comeback.

And Holyfield, 58, is also in training as he searches for the right occasion to mark his return.

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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