Did Mike Tyson Eat Evander Holyfield’s Ear?

Published 10/21/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 28: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fight for WBA World Heavyweight Title on June 28,1997 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Fight was stop in the third round and Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield on both ears. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


Boxing lovers are well aware of the famous ear bite incident that happened in Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield 2. The duo, back in 1997, re-matched each other after Holyfield beat Tyson in their previous scuffle. That said, stakes were high in this second contest as many fans felt ‘Iron’ Mike would turn the tables this time.

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The fight didn’t begin well for ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ as Holyfield came ahead with some blistering right hands and hooks. However, Tyson responded with a few power-packed shots in the second round. In this round, Holyfield and Tyson clashed with a headbutt that left a huge cut above Tyson’s right eye.

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ complained about this headbutt to the referee, but he refused to take any actions pertaining to the same.

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As the fight progressed to round 3, ‘Iron’ Mike decided to take the matter into his own hands. While he was in a clinch with ‘The Real Deal’, Tyson bit Holyfield’s right ear. Yes, Mike Tyson really bit Evander Holyfield’s ear. However, he did not eat it.

The champ had an uncontrollable pain, and he jumped right after separating from Tyson.

As a result, the referee halted the fight for a while and deducted two points from Tyson’s overall score. However, ‘Iron’ Mike didn’t stop there and bit Holyfield’s ear again. After examining the situation, the referee decided to disqualify Tyson.

This left ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ fuming, requiring umpteen security guards and the local police to jump in to calm things down.

Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield 2 – One of ‘Iron’ Mike’s dreadful boxing outings

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The ear bite incident sent shock waves across the boxing universe and went down in history for all the wrong reasons. It certainly was one of the most dreadful boxing appearances for ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

Tyson could have won this fight if he had made some adjustments to his tactics. However, as he opted to do something else, that was deemed illegal, he lost the fight.

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Regardless of that, this incident is widely known all around the globe as it showcased the unique persona of Mike Tyson.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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