20 years ago: Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield's ear in rematch

June 28 marks 20 years since 'Bite Fight'


DETROIT – It's been 20 years since the legendary boxing match that would go down in history as the "Bite Fight."

The June 28, 1997 heavyweight rematch between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield had enough hype around it to begin with - little did they know, it would be the post-fight hype that would live in infamy. 

The fight, which took place at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, was billed as "The Sound and the Fury."

During the third round of the fight, Tyson came out of his corner without a mouthpiece, but was then instructed by the referee to insert one before the round began. 

About 40 seconds into the round, Tyson had Holyfield in a hold and as Tyson moved, he bit Holyfield's right ear, causing cartilage damage and blood to appear on Holyfield and in the ring.

Tyson spit the piece of cartilage on the floor as Holyfield was visibly in pain from the bite.

Tyson was eventually disqualified for the bite and would later lose his boxing license. 

As a result, Tyson was fined $3 million. In 2009, Tyson appeared on Oprah to apologize to Holyfield, to which he accepted. 

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