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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Critics Rail at Tyson, Demand Firm Action

LAS VEGAS -- Is it the end for Mike Tyson?


After being disqualified from their title fight Saturday night for biting both of Evander Holyfield's ears, a chorus of condemnation rained down on the man who a decade ago became the youngest world heavyweight champion at the age of 20.


"I think he's just written his final passage in boxing," said venerable boxing historian Bert Sugar. "That's it, goodbye Mike.


"I am very disappointed and ashamed of Mike Tyson. He is maybe something that everyone has said: an immature kid who has never grown up and never will," Sugar opined.


Joe Hawk, boxing columnist of the Las Vegas Review-Journal called for Tyson to be banned from the fight game forever.


"Mike Tyson must never fight again," he wrote Sunday. "Never. Under any conditions, in any setting, against any opponent."


The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulates boxing in the state, is holding an emergency meeting Tuesday to decide whether to fine him or suspend his license for Saturday's startling end to therematch with Holyfield.


The Nevada legislature's Senate Judiciary Committee met Sunday morning and voted to amend its "unarmed combat legislation" which covers boxing. Under new rules, ear-biting will be banned and may result in a fine of up to 50 percent of a fighter's purse. Up till now, they could only fine Tyson 10 percent of his $30 million payday.


The champion's lawyer, Jim Thomas, said he has not ruled out filing charges for the ear-biting. If charged with assault, Tyson could be in violation of his parole following his jail term for rape.


The incident sparked a surge of creativity among newspaper headline writers. The Las Vegas Review-Journal referred to it as "The Bite of the Century" and the Los Angeles Times called the bout a "Bite to the Finish." Then there was the Calgary Sun's "Chump Chomps Champ."


In Britain, newspapers Monday punched out front-page headlines such as "Savage" and "Ban the beast."


"World Chomp -- Tyson chews ear off," declared the top-selling Sun tabloid, which devoted eight pages to the fight.


Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray did not mince words about Tyson's display in the ring.


"He should not be allowed to fight again unless it is against a hungry grizzly," he wrote. "He took pugilism back to the cave."


Meanwhile, Holyfield's trainer Don Turner was asked by reporters about a rematch.


"If Tyson has his teeth removed, we'll accept the match," he deadpanned.