Evander Holyfield Has A Unique Perspective On Mike Tyson Biting His Ear
It has been almost 23 years since Mike Tyson bit the ear of Evander Holyfield (twice) in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Even today, it is a popular topic among boxing fans. It is even more relevant to talk about as a result of the two coming back into the spotlight.
Holyfield and Tyson announced their intentions to return to the ring for exhibition bouts. Fighting for charity, both have looked in phenomenal shape in their 50’s. Everyone has been hoping the two face off against one another, in the chance that a trilogy bout can result in tension. Holyfield, however, doesn’t see anything but a chance to make a difference.
Speaking with The Times, Holyfield discussed letting bygones be bygones. A clean slate is what he sees when talking about Tyson.
“It don’t bother me,” Holyfield stated, via Boxing Scene. “It cost me a lot of grief but I’m glad it happened because it gave me an opportunity to talk about what forgiveness is. If somebody breaks into your house you don’t think, ‘How can I break into theirs?’ What people don’t know is Mike is a lot more knowledgeable than they think. They think he is crazy, but he’s a businessperson now. You can’t be the same way when you get older.”
“The Real Deal” beat Tyson in November 1996 for the WBA Heavyweight Title. Holyfield was able to control the fight, beating Tyson via TKO. Tyson did not feel like himself and wasn’t able to get any sort of advantage in the later rounds. They fought one another in a rematch in 1997, with Holyfield winning via DQ. This bout was controversial due to Tyson biting the ear of Holyfield.
Holyfield has previously stated he wanted to bite the ear of Tyson to get back at him during that time. He didn’t because he knew he needed to restrain himself. Since the two announced their intentions to fight, Holyfield has stated he wouldn’t mind facing Tyson again. He would fight anyone around his age. Tyson has stated it would “be awesome” to fight Holyfield.
In the case that something does go wrong in the ring and emotions get the best of them, Holyfield isn’t worried.
“We have a different mindset, but I don’t have to trust Mike when it comes to boxing,” Holyfield went on to say. “Why? I can box. I wouldn’t get in there with nobody if I wasn’t in shape.”
Tyson will be fighting for those with drug addictions and health issues. Holyfield stated he will be fighting for #Unite4OurFight, an organization that helps overcome challenges and adversity for children and first responders. It is a huge part of The Evander Holyfield Foundation.