Just showin’ a lil’ love (part 2)

Image from:http://www.heykiki.com/blog/2012/05/24/how-is-boxing-scored/

Image from:http://www.heykiki.com/blog/2012/05/24/how-is-boxing-scored/

In the last post of Just showin’ a lil’ love I showed you the craziness of the United Kingdom boxer, Dereck Chisora, as I took you through his smooching incident with his fellow countryman, Carl Baker, which happened in February 2010 at the a pre-match weigh-in in Wembley.

It was a hilarious occurrence, which Baker did not find too amusing, because it really ruffled up his feathers, as he lost the fight in the second round.

The next outrageous boxing moment, which I am going to take you through may not be described as amusing. You might describe it as disgusting, disturbing, beastly, sickening, repulsive, shocking, awful and and and…I could go on but you get the point.

The specific moment I am talking about involves a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear and the heavyweight boxing legend, Mike Tyson.

Mike Tyson bites a chunk off of Evander Holyfield’s ear

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fought in one of the most anticipated rematches in the history of heavy weight boxing on 28 June 1997 in Las Vegas. The last time the two had encountered one another in the ring was eight months prior to their bout in Vegas, where Holyfield fought as the defending heavyweight champion shocking Tyson as he knocked him out in the eleventh round.

The fight was dubbed ‘The Sound and the Fury’ and it drew a lot more attention than the first fight. It was an encounter of two boxers of different styles, with Tyson, a natural fearless brawler and Holyfield, a strategist of the ‘Sweet Science’.

The fight began with Tyson approaching it a lot more carefully than he did in their previous one, but still lost the opening and the second round. A few seconds into round two, Holyfield leaned into Tyson and accidentally head butt his opponent, leaving a gash above Tyson’s right eye. Lane Mills, the referee signalled head butt, but did not deduct a point, which angered Tyson. As the round progressed, Tyson grew frustrated, due to Holyfield’s well crafted strategies.

At the beginning of round three, Tyson left his mouth guard out without anyone noticing, but Holyfield. Holyfield pointed towards Tyson’s mouth and looked at Lane, leading to the referee ordering the opponent to put his mouth guard in.

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Image from http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/80625825/

The fight commenced with Holyfield being the dominant one of the two again. Tyson then countered, but it left the champion unmoved. With 40 seconds still on the clock, the fight takes an awful turn. Tyson clinched the defending champion, spat his mouthpiece out and did the most unbelievably gruesome thing that one could do, clinching his teeth on Holyfield’s ear and ripping a chunk off.

Lane stopped the fight momentarily deducting two of Tyson’s points and sending the bitten Holyfield into his corner to wash the blood off. The fight continued and to think that was not enough, Tyson attempted to the gruesome manoeuvre again. The fight ultimately ended with win for Holyfield through a Tyson disqualification.

That moment arguably changed boxing and is still the most bizarre occurrence in boxing’s history. It is still unknown today why Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear, twice, but the two laughed about the incident in an interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show in October 2009.

If you were wondering if Tyson enjoyed Holyfield’s ear, watch this interview of Tyson on the ‘Watch What Happens Live Show’ :

References:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/the_bonus/06/28/tyson-holyfield-oral-history/index.html
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/espn25/story?page=moments/30http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/4421698/Mike-Tyson-Evander-Holyfields-ear-wasnt-too-tasty.html

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