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Tyson gets an earful from Champion Holyfield
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

June 28, 1997

After not being able to beat up Evander Holyfield in their first fight, Mike Tyson tries to eat him up this time, doing his best Hannibal Lecter imitation.

Late in the third round in the bout in Las Vegas, Tyson gets Holyfield in a clinch, rolls his head up and above Holyfield's shoulder, and spits out his mouthpiece. Then, to the amazement of all, he takes a chunk of Holyfield's right ear before spitting it out.

After referee Mills Lane penalizes Tyson two points, he lets the fight continue. In another clinch, Tyson gives the public more food for thought when he takes a chomp of Holyfield's left ear. Lane disqualifies Tyson.

Holyfield undergoes 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 says, "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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