Edgar Berlanga defeated Alexis Angulo on Saturday by unanimous decision to stay unbeaten in the main event of a Top Rank card at the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York, but the fight will be remembered for a different reason.
In Round 7, Berlanga tried to bite Angulo on the left shoulder and then his left ear. The referee warned Angulo for punching behind the head, but didn't reprimand Berlanga.
"He was throwing elbows. I was about to do a Mike Tyson on him," Berlanga said when asked about the incident in the postfight interview. "He kept throwing his elbows, and I didn't want to get cut."
The incident was similar to Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield in their rematch in 1997, and the boxing world reacted to it.
Lol he tried to bite him 😂😂😂— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) June 12, 2022
A replay that should not have been shown!! Smh Berlanga, that's not what I meant about biting down!— ShowtimeShawn Porter (@ShowtimeShawnP) June 12, 2022
Berlanga's record is more impressive than his fighting. I'm going back to UFC fights. #UFC275— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) June 12, 2022