Mike Tyson on legendary bite attack: “wanted to kill him”

Mike Tyson is about to make a show comeback in the boxing ring. In advance, he tells about the infamous fight with Evander Holyfield – and reveals new details.

The infamous fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield when “Iron Mike” bit his opponent a piece out of the right ear – and the fight of June 28, 1997 is still causing discussions.

Now Tyson has commented again on the legendary incident. “I bit him because I wanted to kill him,” said the now 54-year-old in an interview with US television station Fox. And further: “I was really angry about the headbutt and forgot about the whole fight. I was out of my fight plan.”

“I would bite him again”

To explain: Holyfield had clearly dominated the first round against Tyson, but accidentally hit him with the head in the face in the second round, Tyson had a big cut. Shortly afterwards, in lap three, there was a bite in which Tyson clinched a piece of his opponent’s ear and spat on the floor. After a short break, the fight continued – until Tyson bit Holyfield’s left ear in the next clinch. When the renewed failure was discovered, referee Mills Lane stopped the fight, Tyson was disqualified, had to pay a million fine and temporarily lost his boxing license. “I’ve done it, and I have to take responsibility for it,” said Tyson now at Fox.

He only partially regrets his breakup. “I say ‘No, never again’. But I could do it again. If he did what he did then, I would bite him again.”

On November 28th, the former heavyweight champion will return to the ring in an eight-round fight against another legend: Roy Jones, Jr., who is now 51 years old.

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