Today in Sports History- Another Dose of Iron Mike
15 YEARS AGO TODAY |6/28/97| Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their rematch fight.
On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch. It led to his disqualification from the match and suspension from boxing, and was the beginning of the end for Iron Mike.
Holyfield had retired in 1994, but the idea of fighting Tyson, especially for the the amount of money the fight would bring in, was too tempting. On November 9, 1996, the underdog Holyfield shocked everybody by beating Tyson in an 11th round TKO to take Tyson’s WBA title.
The rematch was scheduled and Holyfield came into it even stronger than he had been for the previous fight. In the first round, Holyfield attacked Tyson with a number of body shots forcing Tyson to retreat. By the end of the round, the crowd was chanting Holyfield’s name, a slight surprise since Tyson was usually a fan favorite. In the following round, Holyfield head-butted Tyson, causing a cut to open over his right eye.
In the third round, all hell broke loose and Tyson lost his composure. After spitting out his mouth piece, he bit off a chunk out of Holyfield’s right ear and spit it out. Holyfield was in pain but allowed the fight to continue, but Tyson soon after bit Holyfield’s other ear. With 10 seconds left in the third round, he was disqualified and didn’t receive the $30 million owed to him for the fight.
Mike Tyson went downhill for 3 main reasons:
1. Cus D’Amato died. D’Amato, his trainer, was the only one was ever able to discipline Tyson.
2. According to Tyson, after he won his first heavyweight Championship, he continued to win fights without training hard. After a while, he stopped training as hard and that caught up to him.
3. He was convicted of rape and ended up in prison where he lost his some of his prime fighting years. Mike was not the same fighter emotionally. He’s said himself that after Buster Douglas, he didn’t love the sport anymore, and was only in it for the money. Plus he went loco in prison.