Mike Tyson vs. Las Vegas Police: The Real Story Behind This Iconic Photo

Published 09/05/2021, 10:00 AM EDT


Mike Tyson, in his prime, was the most iconic figure in the sport of boxing. He bagged immense accolades in a short span of time, but on the other hand, he was surrounded by a string of controversies that put a blemish on his career. One such controversy that’s registered in the boxing books and fans’ minds is his rift with the Las Vegas Police in 1997.

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‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ was all set to contend with his rival Evander Holyfield after the latter defeated him in their first meet. Tyson had a fire in his eyes and the only thing he wanted was to avenge his loss.

Also, being a Mike Tyson boxing event, the atmosphere of the MGM Grand arena was electric. Hence, the police were deployed in extensive numbers to prevent any brawl or adversities that could have popped up.

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The fight began well for both the technicians. However, in round 2, ‘The Real Deal’ head-butted Tyson, and the latter suffered a cut above his right eye. Consequently, Tyson bit his ear in a clinch. After an examination, the referee deducted two points from ‘Iron’ Mike’s scorecards.

But there was no stopping for ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ that night, as he repeated the bite. Post that, the referee and the match officials took time and gave the win to Holyfield, thus disqualifying Tyson for his actions.

This left Tyson livid, and he just wanted to smother any and everyone in front of him. Accordingly, the police had to jump in to stop Tyson and control the situation.

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Mike Tyson – The scariest boxer of all time

The Las Vegas police gave it their all to curb the brawl, and they were clearly successful in the same. However, it wasn’t easy for them to stop the raging Mike Tyson who couldn’t digest his loss. The Nevada State Athletic Commission even imposed a $3 million fine on him. Moreover, his boxing license was also revoked.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 16: Heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson fights Frank Bruno in a scheduled twelve round WBC heavyweight title fight March 16, 1996 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson won the fight by TKO in the third round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

This anecdote definitely pinned Tyson as one of the scariest boxers on the planet. Also, this incident went on to become one of the biggest in-ring controversies of all time.

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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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