Tyson's second bite just scarred Holyfield's ear. WBA super bantamweight champion Antonio Cermeno defeated challenger Eddy Saenz after his opponent decided not to continue following the fifth round. ". 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. Holyfield left the ring seconds after the interview, which gave the fans and audience the hint that the fight was over. , After the fight was stopped, Tyson went on a rampage at Holyfield and his trainer Brooks while they were still in their corner. 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. 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At 2:19 of the first round, an overhand right from Holyfield stunned Tyson, but Tyson fought back immediately pushing Holyfield backwards. 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. 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). Mike Tyson VS Evander Holyfield très bientôt … Dans le sud de la France ? After the end of the round, Tyson threw a punch after the bell; an unintimidated Holyfield retaliated. Holyfield accepted his apology and forgave Tyson.. Tyson was released from prison in 1995 and resumed his career with great fanfare. Undefeated WBC world minimumweight champion Ricardo Lopez knocked out contender Morgan Ndumo in the sixth round to retain his title. Holyfield defended effectively for the rest of round one and hammered Tyson with several counterpunches. Holyfield was then forced to retire due to a misdiagnosed heart condition, only to come back a year later. Halpern stopped the fight in the eleventh round, giving Holyfield an upset victory.  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.. They also compared the fight to The Long Count Fight and the Phantom Punch incident. Holyfield first beat Tyson in 1996, winning in round 11 in what was considered an upset. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated. 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. 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. Preparing to fight Tyson, Holyfield employed Mike Weaver, the WBA ex-champion, as a personal assistant. , Tyson and Holyfield fought seven months earlier in Las Vegas. “He was a much better boxer and also had a good punch. Keeping Tyson on the back foot minimized his power and affected his balance, and gave Holyfield the opportunity to come forward and score with combinations to the head. He would regain the WBA and IBF titles from Bowe in a rematch the following year, then lost them to Michael Moorer in 1994. 29/11/2020 09:45. in Boxe. In the fifth round, Tyson landed a fierce combination, his best of the match, and Holyfield did not stagger. As Tyson mainly threw one punch at a time, Holyfield blocked the first attack, then used his strength to clinch, and shove Tyson backwards. The last fight before the main event was contested for the World Boxing Organization championship. During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield's left 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. He moved up to heavyweight in 1988 and continued to work his way up the rankings. Nonetheless, Tyson was sentenced with a permanent suspension from boxing and his license cancelled indefinitely. The bout was the first fight pitting the two boxers against each other and it would be followed up with a controversial rematch. 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. Showtime promoted the event as a heavyweight title tripleheader, as two other champions were defending their titles that night as well. 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. 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. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated. In the second, Holyfield drove Tyson into the ropes and stung him with a hard combination, and his strategy for the match became clear. At the post-fight press conference, Tyson addressed Holyfield: "Thank you very much. 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". Lane ordered Tyson back to his corner to insert it. The referee … 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. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. 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. 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. Tyson was examined by the ring doctor, and tied Holyfield up for the rest of the round. Tyson, his instructor and a pain manager climbed over a temporary railing and up into the stands, made obscene gestures to the crowd, and made their way up the side of a stairway. 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. Holyfield, meanwhile, went on to reign as undisputed champion until losing to Riddick Bowe in November 1992.  Mills Lane told Tyson's corner that he was disqualifying Tyson for biting Holyfield. At the end of the tenth round, a punch from Holyfield sent Tyson staggering across the ring. “Tyson was one of the biggest heavyweights ever but Holyfield is a better fighter,” Nielsen added. 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.. 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. 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. 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. 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. During the next two rounds, Tyson continued missing wild punches and absorbing counterpunches from Holyfield. Holyfield won the first three rounds. The instructor said, "They will have to explain that. As the rounds passed, Tyson was unable to adjust, and found himself being thoroughly outboxed. 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 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. However, Holyfield surprised Tyson by controlling the contest and knocked him down in the sixth round. 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. "Bullshit," Lane retorted. He had told Tyson not to bite anymore, and said Tyson asked to be disqualified by disobeying that order. The fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also employed David Tua, the WBC champion, whose style and anthropometrics were close to Tyson's, as a sparring partner. As Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, Tyson shoved him from behind. The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year. Holyfield quickly landed another brutal extended combination, sending Tyson back into the ropes. Holyfield was given the first shot at the new champion and won in a third-round knockout. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. The IBF title match was contested with Michael Moorer taking on Francois Botha. In the 2008 documentary Tyson, the boxer claimed he did it as retaliation for the headbutting. Tyson began the third round with a furious attack. To protect Holyfield, security surrounded him in his corner and Tyson was taken back to his corner by security. 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. As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece. Tyson cried out in pain and his knees buckled, but again the referee judged the headbutt to be unintentional.  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. At 32 seconds into the second round, Holyfield ducked under a right from Tyson. After a year and an appeal in court, Tyson's license was reinstated. As a result, Holyfield remained the WBA Heavyweight champion. Tyson said it was retaliation for the headbutts.. 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. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. Afterward, Tyson took steps to become a power in the heavyweight division while Holyfield went on to win the bronze medal in Los Angeles. , 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. Moorer knocked the previously undefeated Botha out in the final round to retain the title. 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. 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!" Tyson had repeatedly complained about head-butting in the first bout between the two fighters. He fought journeyman Peter McNeeley in his first fight and then, before a national television audience, knocked out fringe contender Buster Mathis, Jr.. When Tyson and Holyfield retired from boxing they befriended each other and are close friends today.  The fight was resumed. , The fight began with Holyfield dominating Tyson. The next year, Tyson won the other two championships to become the first fighter since Leon Spinks to be an undisputed world heavyweight champion. by Vanessa Maurel. Tyson's loss to Buster Douglas, which he had intended as a tune-up fight for the Holyfield match, derailed those plans.