The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the Night That Changed Boxing Forever
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The infamous boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on June 28, 1997, was like none other in the sport’s history, and this insightful account of the anticipation, the gruesome fight itself, and the ongoing aftermath of that one night reveals just how much of an impact it really made. The rivals met for a rematch that would never be finished, as Tyson earned a disqualification and infamy that followed in the third round by biting off a portion of Holyfield’s ear. Through nearly 100 interviews, including with the famed fighters themselves, and extensive research of past interviews, books, and transcripts, this exploration of the sensational events surrounding the fight provides a behind-the-scenes, past and present look at the bout.
fighter to train the wanna-be boxers at D’Amato’s gym. Atlas knew the techniques to teach: how to slip punches, how to punch in calculated combinations, how to use a left jab to set up a straight right, how to move your head with gloves up in a U-shaped motion. D’Amato was more of a manager and mentor. Initially skeptical why a white man would be so interested in a black kid, Tyson eventually became mesmerized by everything D’Amato had to say. They talked about fear and how important it
want to face Ricky Womack, the talented amateur from Detroit. Even though he had beaten Tyson once, Holyfield knew he would be facing a more determined and desperate opponent in the rematch. Holyfield had fear. All boxers do. “The object of fear is to make you forget what you’re supposed to do or make you not do what you’re supposed to do,” Holyfield said. “It’s not like you say I want to be that way. But your nerves just kick up. If you’re not thinking about anything, the fear will come
four-door white Cadillac pulled up to the passenger side where Tupac was riding. As the window of the Cadillac slowly rolled down, a gun appeared, releasing a hail of bullets. Tupac was hit in the chest, pelvis, and the thigh. Knight was grazed by fragments. Six days later, Tupac Shakur died of internal bleeding. He was 25. The assassination was a shocking event even by Las Vegas standards and though the shooting was committed on the Strip, it was somehow linked to the element of danger that
trainer. Brooks was let go over money. “Shelly called me and asked me how much I wanted for the fight and I think I said a million dollars,” Brooks said. “He said, ‘It’s not there.’” Brooks would work his way down to $750,000 before being told by Finkel “It’s not there,” despite Tyson making $20 million on the fight. Eventually, Brooks was told Tyson would be trained by someone else. It turned out to be Ronnie Shields. Brooks had no hard feelings. “I made a lot of money working with
husband to Kiki. It began the transformation of Mike Tyson from a fighter who was disdained after disgracing his sport to a man being re-embraced by those who remain fascinated by his life, personality, and ring triumphs. “Look at me now,” Tyson said in the summer of 2012. “I’m just happy I got involved with her. It’s truly a life-saving experience. During my fights I was aggressive, I was a maniac. I can’t believe now I have a life with a woman, now I’m a pacifist. I don’t want to fight