History | Jun 28 2018

On This Day: Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield

It's the 21st anniversary of Mike Tyson's infamous clash with Evander Holyfield
Mike Tyson
Tyson was a fearsome opponent at his peak Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports

THE evening Mike Tyson bit both of Evander Holyfield’s ears remains the most memorable of a career that was as decorated as it was controversial.

Even at the age of 51 and 12 years after his final fight, Tyson remains perhaps boxing’s best-known living figure and one of its finest heavyweights.

His 2002 defeat to Lennox Lewis may have proved the biggest match-up he was involved in, but it was the rematch with Holyfield, on June 28 1997, that defines him more than any other.

 

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