TYSON vs HOLYFIELD (II) Boxing's UNDISPUTED most INFAMOUS & INSANE Fight!  With EAR BITING!!!

TYSON vs HOLYFIELD (II) Boxing's UNDISPUTED most INFAMOUS & INSANE Fight! With EAR BITING!!!

HOLYFIELD-TYSON II - ENTIRE BROADCAST - INCLUDING JIM GREY'S POST INTERVIEWS.
(Biting Ears, Head Butts, et al) Holyfield-Tyson II is a name used to identify the boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on June 28, 1997, in which Tyson bit Holyfield's ears. The fight was originally billed as "Holyfield-Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury" and was a follow-up rematch of the first Tyson-Holyfield fight.

The fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The referee officiating the fight was Mills Lane, who was brought in as a late replacement when Tyson's camp protested the original selection of Mitch Halpern (who officiated the first fight) as the referee.

BACKGROUND
In the previous Tyson-Holyfield fight, seven months earlier, Holyfield, who opened as a 25-to-1 underdog (eventually pulling to 15-to-2), floored Tyson for the second time in Tyson's career in the sixth round, and scored a TKO over Tyson in round 11. Holyfield dominated Tyson throughout the fight, winning almost every round.

THE FIGHT
The fight began with Holyfield dominating Tyson. Holyfield won the first two rounds. At 2:19 of the first round, an overhand right from Holyfield stunned Tyson, but Tyson fought back immediately pushing Holyfield backwards. At 0:32 of round two, Holyfield ducked under a right from Tyson, in doing so, head butting Tyson and opening a large cut over his right eye, though trainer Ritchie Giachetti believed the cut happened in the first round. Tyson had repeatedly complained about head-butting in the first bout between the two.

As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece. Lane ordered Tyson back to his corner to insert it. Tyson inserted his mouthpiece, got back into position and the match resumed. Tyson began the third round with a furious attack. With forty seconds remaining in the round Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, and Tyson rolled his head above Holyfield's shoulder and bit Holyfield on his right ear, avulsing a one-inch piece of cartilage from the top of the ear, and spitting out the piece of ear on the ring floor. As Holyfield shrieked in pain, he managed to push Tyson away at which Lane called for a time-out. As Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, Tyson shoved him from behind. Lane sent Tyson to a neutral corner as an enraged Holyfield gestured for the referee to look at his bitten ear which was rapidly bleeding and unfix-able. The fight was delayed for several minutes as Lane debated what to do. Lane's original inclination was to immediately disqualify Tyson, but after the ringside doctor determined that Holyfield was able to continue despite the massive bite, Lane announced he would be deducting two points from Tyson and the fight would continue. Bobby Czyz, who was calling the fight with Steve Albert for Showtime, said, "I wonder how this would have played in Mitch Halpern's eyes," and Albert told Czyz, "Oh my goodness, that's a thought, Bobby." As Lane explained the decision to Tyson and his cornermen, Tyson asserted that the injury to Holyfield's ear was the result of a punch. "Bullshit," retorted Lane. The fight was resumed.

During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield's left ear. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. Tyson's second bite just scarred Holyfield's ear. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. The men walked back to their respective corners when the second bite was discovered and the fight was then stopped.

After the fight was stopped, Tyson went on rampage at Holyfield and his trainer Brooks while they were still in their corner. To protect Holyfield they surrounded him in his corner and Tyson took swings at the people in his way, but was taken back to his corner by security. Soon after the brawl ended announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the decision: "Referee Mills Lane has disqualified Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield on both of his ears." Holyfield won the boxing championship, prize, money and trophy because of Tyson's disqualification.

AFTERMATH
As a result of biting Holyfield on both ears and other behavior, Tyson's boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he was fined USD $3 million plus legal costs. The revocation was not permanent; a little more than a year later on October 18, 1998, the commission voted 4--1 to restore Tyson's boxing license.

One of Tyson's former trainers, Teddy Atlas, predicted before the fight that Tyson, unable to cope with fighting a man whom he could not intimidate, would deliberately get himself disqualified.[5][dead link]

In the documentary Tyson he claimed he did it as retaliation for the headbutting.

On October 16, 2009 on the The Oprah Winfrey Show Tyson apologized to Holyfield. Holyfield accepted his apology and forgave Tyson.
TYSON vs HOLYFIELD (II) Boxing's UNDISPUTED most INFAMOUS & INSANE Fight! With EAR BITING!!! backup