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. The fight was also examined from the perspective of both boxers in the 30 for 30 documentary Chasing Tyson. Holyfield tied Tyson up and revealed the first surprise of the fight, his superior strength, as he pushed Tyson backwards. The bout was the first fight pitting the two boxers against each other and it would be followed up with a controversial rematch. 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.[1]. The instructor said, "They will have to explain that. At 2:19 of the first round, an overhand right from Holyfield stunned Tyson, but Tyson fought back immediately pushing Holyfield backwards. When Tyson and Holyfield retired from boxing they befriended each other and are close friends today. Mike Tyson, 53 ans, et Evander Holyfield, 57 ans, ont annoncé leur retour sur le ring il y a peu. 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. Tyson said it was retaliation for the headbutts.[7]. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. He would regain the WBA and IBF titles from Bowe in a rematch the following year, then lost them to Michael Moorer in 1994. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. "Bullshit," Lane retorted. 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. [5], After the fight was stopped, Tyson went on a rampage at Holyfield and his trainer Brooks while they were still in their corner. WBA super bantamweight champion Antonio Cermeno defeated challenger Eddy Saenz after his opponent decided not to continue following the fifth round. Mills Lane was interviewed, and said he knew from experience that the bites were intentional. At the post-fight press conference, Tyson addressed Holyfield: "Thank you very much. The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year. During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield's left ear. by Vanessa Maurel. In all, five (including Tyson's ) were contested for that night. 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. However, Holyfield surprised Tyson by controlling the contest and knocked him down in the sixth round. The first of the three heavyweight title fights followed. Halpern stopped the fight in the eleventh round, giving Holyfield an upset victory. 1 teammates. In the fifth round, Tyson landed a fierce combination, his best of the match, and Holyfield did not stagger. [10] 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.[11]. Tyson was released from prison in 1995 and resumed his career with great fanfare. Bruno defeated McCall by decision, but then was soundly beaten by Tyson within three rounds. By the sound of the bell, Tyson was out on his feet and defenseless, but his corner allowed him out for the eleventh. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated. Showtime promoted the event as a heavyweight title tripleheader, as two other champions were defending their titles that night as well. He also employed David Tua, the WBC champion, whose style and anthropometrics were close to Tyson's, as a sparring partner. 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Evander Holyfield et Mike Tyson pourraient se retrouver prochainement pour un 3ème affrontement. With 15 seconds left in the seventh round, Tyson lunged at Holyfield as Holyfield came forward, resulting in a hard clash of heads. Moorer knocked the previously undefeated Botha out in the final round to retain the title. Tyson's second bite just scarred Holyfield's ear. 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. [8], 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. 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. [2] 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,[3] which was at that time held by George Foreman. 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. 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. 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 began the third round with a furious attack. They also compared the fight to The Long Count Fight and the Phantom Punch incident. The men walked back to their respective corners, and when the second bite was discovered, the fight was stopped. 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. The fight was promoted by Don King Productions and carried on pay-per-view by Showtime. Tyson inserted his mouthpiece, got back into position and the match resumed. 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. The IBF title match was contested with Michael Moorer taking on Francois Botha. “He was a much better boxer and also had a good punch. As Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, Tyson shoved him from behind. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. He moved up to heavyweight in 1988 and continued to work his way up the rankings. Mike Tyson Photo ICon Sport. 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. Tyson cried out in pain and his knees buckled, but again the referee judged the headbutt to be unintentional. Tyson had repeatedly complained about head-butting in the first bout between the two fighters. An injury and Tyson's subsequent conviction for rape in 1992 indefinitely shelved the fight, as Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison. 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. 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". The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year. Halpern had seen enough, and he stopped the fight, giving Holyfield one of the most famous upset victories in the history of boxing. The last fight before the main event was contested for the World Boxing Organization championship. 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. As Tyson mainly threw one punch at a time, Holyfield blocked the first attack, then used his strength to clinch, and shove Tyson backwards. “Tyson was one of the biggest heavyweights ever but Holyfield is a better fighter,” Nielsen added. Holyfield first beat Tyson in 1996, winning in round 11 in what was considered an upset. I went 10 rounds with Holyfield.” Holyfield came up through the ranks of the light heavyweight division before making his name as a cruiserweight. 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 referee officiating the fight was Mitch Halpern. Mike Tyson VS Evander Holyfield très bientôt … Dans le sud de la France ? 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. Holyfield accepted his apology and forgave Tyson.[12]. 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. [1], Tyson and Holyfield fought seven months earlier in Las Vegas. 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. The fight was delayed for several minutes as Lane debated what to do. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated. After a year and an appeal in court, Tyson's license was reinstated. Akinwande emerged victorious with a tenth-round knockout in the first defense of his belt. Undefeated WBC world minimumweight champion Ricardo Lopez knocked out contender Morgan Ndumo in the sixth round to retain his title. On October 16, 2009, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Tyson apologized to Holyfield. 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." Tyson came out fast and sent Holyfield reeling with his first solid punch. To protect Holyfield, security surrounded him in his corner and Tyson was taken back to his corner by security. [9], 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. I have the greatest respect for you. Tyson would never seriously hurt Holyfield for the remainder of the fight. Holyfield left the ring seconds after the interview, which gave the fans and audience the hint that the fight was over. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. Tyson's loss to Buster Douglas, which he had intended as a tune-up fight for the Holyfield match, derailed those plans. 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. Holyfield quickly landed another brutal extended combination, sending Tyson back into the ropes. 46-th professional bout of Mike Tyson, 09.11.1996 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL13cOaNQW6HM8GZpedkwTRnTC3Hdg2RBP - All 57 Mike Tyson pro fights. Tyson was examined by the ring doctor, and tied Holyfield up for the rest of the round. I do not agree with it but it is what it is...all I know is Mike Tyson has a cut in his eye. 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. In the 2008 documentary Tyson, the boxer claimed he did it as retaliation for the headbutting. 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). He had told Tyson not to bite anymore, and said Tyson asked to be disqualified by disobeying that order. As a result, Holyfield remained the WBA Heavyweight champion. Tyson was also fined $3,000,000 and had to serve a period of community service. As the rounds passed, Tyson was unable to adjust, and found himself being thoroughly outboxed. He fought journeyman Peter McNeeley in his first fight and then, before a national television audience, knocked out fringe contender Buster Mathis, Jr.. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. "[4], Evander Holyfield tells SLTV how he feels about Mike Tyson today, The Cyber Boxing Zone Lineal World Champions, "Here Is Why Holyfield Was Not Afraid of Tyson,", Holyfield keeps promise, stuns boxing world in process, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mike_Tyson_vs._Evander_Holyfield&oldid=990805468, World Boxing Association heavyweight championship matches, Boxing matches involving Evander Holyfield, November 1996 sports events in the United States, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 16:29. [citation needed], 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 1990, he was looking to challenge Tyson and after some hard negotiating the two fighters would agree to a fight later that year. 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. Holyfield defended effectively for the rest of round one and hammered Tyson with several counterpunches. 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.
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