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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tyson Loses After Chewing Out Champ in 3rd

LAS VEGAS -- Evander Holyfield's right ear is in stitches, and Mike Tyson's boxing career is in tatters.


Iron Mike, the baddest man of the decade, went far beyond the bounds of even his violent sport and was disqualified after three rounds for biting Holyfield on both ears Saturday night.


In the sanctuary of his dressing room, Mike Tyson angrily tried to contemplate what he had just done.


"It's over. I know it's over,'' Tyson kept repeating. "My career is over.''


Tyson had just fought his way through an enraged crowd that was screaming and making obscene gestures at him. A bottle of water thrown from the stands had just missed his head, and he had to be stopped from going into the seats to beat up his tormentors.


Minutes earlier, Tyson had been fighting Holyfield for the heavyweight title in the richest fight ever. A sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden was chanting his name as he rallied in the third round to bring the fight to Holyfield.


Then, he snapped.


In a clinch with Holyfield, their two heads together side by side, Tyson suddenly bit a gash out of the right ear of the champion, sending him leaping in the air in anger and pain.


Blood began flowing down the side of Holyfield's face as he headed toward his corner. Tyson watched for a few moments, then rushed across the ring and pushed Holyfield in the back, sending him into the corner.


"He just bit a chunk out of his right ear and spit it on the canvas,'' said judge Duane Ford, who was near the fighters when Tyson first bit.


It was one of the most bizarre scenes ever in a sport where bizarre is sometimes commonplace. But it wasn't over yet, and neither was the fight. For four minutes, referee Mills Lane tried to restore order, deducting a point from Tyson for the bite and another for the push. As Holyfield stood bleeding in his corner, ring doctor Flip Homansky looked at the gash taken out of his ear and said the fight could continue.


While, assistant trainer Tommy Brooks was arguing for Holyfield to demand a disqualification. But the champion was angry, and wanted to continue.


"Put the mouthpiece in,'' he told Brooks. "I'm going to knock this guy out.''


Thirty-three seconds were left in the third round, and Holyfield resumed the action with a vicious left hook. The two clinched again, and then the unthinkable happened.


Tyson spat his mouthpiece out and took a bite of Holyfield's other ear. Once again, Holyfield jumped in the air in anger. This time, though, Lane didn't appear to see it and let the two fight the final seconds of the round. Then he checked with Nevada Athletic Commission director Marc Ratner and went to Tyson's corner, where he lectured him and told him he had been disqualified.


"Bull----,'' Tyson yelled, jumping off his stool. Enraged, he tried to storm across the ring toward Holyfield. Tyson took a swing at a police officer trying to intervene, and had to be restrained as chaos erupted in the ring.


The fight that had begun with Holyfield smiling and singing to himself in his corner ended in total bedlam, with both fighters bloodied and angry.


"Why do you have to bite my ear?'' Holyfield asked. "This was a fight, not a rumble.''


But it was a rumble, indeed, from the first bell on. It was an ugly fight that got uglier, with Holyfield pushing and shoving and Tyson holding and hitting. They clashed heads repeatedly, and one, 40 seconds into the second round, opened a deep gash over Tyson's left eye.


This, though, was a different Tyson from the Tyson who tried to knock out every opponent with the fury of every punch from the opening bell. In an odd sort of strategy, perhaps borne of his knockout loss in the first fight, Tyson allowed Holyfield to throw the first punch. He fought cautiously, lost the first two rounds, and seemed beaten and battered as he sat on his stool to end the second round.


As trainer Richie Giachetti attended to his cuts, the street fighter in Tyson suddenly came out. He rushed out of the corner to start the third round without his mouthpiece and time had to be called for Giachetti to put it in.


The third round was the best of the fight for Tyson, a round he seemed to be winning with newfound aggressiveness. Still, he wasn't hurting Holyfield and was getting more and more frustrated as the seconds went on.


In a fight he didn't appear able to win, the troubled kid from the tough streets of New York reappeared in the ring. Faced with an unthinkable second loss, Tyson reacted like someone who knew he was fighting a losing battle.


"I can't continue to keep getting butted,'' Tyson said. "I have kids to raise.''


On the undercard, Julio Cesar Chavez won for the 100th time with a unanimous 10-round decision over Larry La Coursiere.


In Norwich, England, Herbie Hide knocked Tony Tucker down three times in the second round Saturday to win the vacant WBO heavyweight title.