Hungry Tyson gets an earful
June 28, 1997 - After not being able to beat up Evander Holyfield in their first fight, Mike Tyson tried to eat him up this time, doing his best Hannibal Lector imitation.
Late in the third round in their heavyweight title bout in Las Vegas, Tyson got Holyfield in a clinch, rolled his head up and above Holyfield's shoulder, and spit out his mouthpiece. Then, to the amazement of all, he took a chunk of the champ's right ear before spitting it out.
After referee Mills Lane penalized Tyson two points, he let the fight continue. In another clinch, Tyson gave the public more food for thought when he took a chomp of Holyfield's left ear. Lane disqualified Tyson.
Holyfield underwent a 20-minute procedure to have his right ear repaired. A ring attendant had brought almost an inch of the ear to Holyfield's handlers after the bout.
Before going to the hospital, Holyfield said, "It doesn't show no courage to foul to get out of the fight. Fear causes people to do the easy thing, the quickest thing. I'm the man and he can't handle me. This individual can not handle that I did it before. He lost his cool."
Wrote Jim Murray in the Los Angeles Times, "[Tyson] is one disturbed young man. He should not be allowed to fight again. Unless it is against a hungry grizzly.
"It had to be seen to be disbelieved. We've all heard of a 'hungry' fighter. But never one who tried to eat his opponent."
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