Evander Holyfield Was Preparing to Bite Mike Tyson Back but Stopped for One Reason

Published 02/09/2021, 1:57 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fight for the WBA Heavyweight tittle at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson might appear good friends now as they plan to stage an exhibition trilogy in the coming days. However, their relationship began with a heated-rivalry that saw them drag each other into controversies.

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Following a win over Tyson in their first encounter, Holyfield agreed to a rematch but ended up losing a piece of his ear. The entire world saw the infamous bite fight happen as Mike Tyson bit off a piece Holyfield’s ear. However, Holyfield wanted to return the favour and desired to bite off Tyson’s face.

In an interaction with Brian Custer, ‘The Real Deal’ opened up on the incident and said, “He (Mike Tyson) tipped the piece of my ear, a piece of it all. But at that time, I already forgave him because, in the ring, I would get ready. I am getting ready to bite him back. I am going to bite him back in the face and I will go right there. But you know my trainer was saying, keep your mind on the lord.”

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That said, Holyfield didn’t do the same and walked away after being bit. But Mike Tyson appeared to have lost his cool by then. The two got involved in a post-fight brawl, and the fight night ended on an unpleasant note.

Nevertheless, Tyson and Holyfield cleared the differences between each other and built their friendship after retiring from boxing. Today, they are two of the prime heavyweight historians alive in the boxing community.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 09: Heavyweight boxing legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield attend the 19th annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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Will Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 3 happen?

After Tyson’s sensational return against Roy Jones Jr, Holyfield has demanded to face him for one last time. Meanwhile, several other pugilists have offered the same including Shannon Briggs. But Holyfield seems to advance the race.

Although Tyson hasn’t responded to the offer, Holyfield has already passed a green signal from his end. He wants to bag the exhibition and awaits a response.

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If Tyson wants to do the same, we can witness a historic fight with mutual respect between both the boxers inside the ring. Considering their old age, the trilogy fight will be another exhibition if it ever meets fruition.

Do you want to see the trilogy exhibition take place?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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