Mike Tyson Finally Explains Why He Bit Evander Holyfield

Mike Tyson

Heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson has finally explained why he infamously bit a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear off during their 1997 rematch.

Tyson originally suffered a shock knockout loss when he first squared off against Holyfield in 1996. A year later the pair fought again for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. Things were not going to plan for Tyson who sunk his teeth into Holyfield’s ear before being disqualified by referee Mills Lane.

Ahead of his eagerly anticipated return to boxing against Roy Jones Jr. on November 28, Tyson explained to Jim Gray exactly what caused him to bite his opponent all those years ago.

“I bit him because I wanted to kill him. I was really mad about my head being bumped and everything,” Tyson said. “I really lost consciousness of the whole fight. It took me out of my fight plan and everything.”

Gray went on to ask Tyson if he would ever do something like that again.

“I hope not,” Tyson responded. “I say, ‘No, never ever again.’ But I might do it again. Well if he does what he was doing to get bitten, I would bite him again. Yeah.” (Transcribed by CBS Sports)

Do you think Mike Tyson would ever bite another opponent?