Holyfield-Tyson II (also known in some circles as \"The Bite Fight\" or \"Bite of the Century\") is a name used to identify the boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on June 28, 1997, in which Tyson bit off a portion of Holyfield\'s ear. The fight was originally billed as Holyfield-Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury and was a follow-up rematch of the first Tyson-Holyfield I fight.
The fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The referee officiating the fight was Mills Lane, who was brought in as a late replacement when Tyson\'s camp protested the original selection of Mitch Halpern (who officiated the first fight) as the referee.
In the previous Tyson-Holyfield fight, seven months earlier, Holyfield, who opened as a 25-to-1 underdog (eventually pulling to 15-to-2), floored Tyson for the second time in Tyson\'s career in the sixth round, and scored a TKO over Tyson in round 11.
 The Fight
Records before June 28, 1997
Flag of the United States Evander Holyfield
Nickname The Real Deal
Record 33-3-0 (24 KO)
Hometown Atlanta, GA, USA
Recognition WBA Heavyweight Champion
Flag of the United States Mike Tyson
Nickname Iron Mike
Record 45-2 (39 KO)
Hometown Catskill, NY, USA
Title(s) on the line
WBA Heavyweight Championship
The fight began with Holyfield winning against Tyson, who lost the first two rounds. Holyfield made Tyson miss with most of his punches and kept him off balance with his jab. At 2:19 of the first round, an overhand right from Holyfield stunned Tyson. Holyfield continued to batter Tyson in the second round. At 0:32 of round two, Holyfield ducked under a wild right hand from Tyson; with both men coming forward, their heads clashed, opened a large cut over Tyson\'s right eye. Tyson had repeatedly complained about head-butting in the first bout between the two. Referee Mills Lane called a brief time-out, but ruled that the head-butt was unintentional and allowed the fight to continue, as blood streamed down the side of Tyson\'s face.
As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece. The referee ordered Tyson back to his corner to insert it. Tyson inserted his mouthpiece, got back into position and the match resumed. Tyson began the third round with a furious attack but was unable to hurt Holyfield, and after the first 30 seconds of the round Holyfield continued his battering of Tyson. Shortly before the two-minute mark, Tyson landed a hard left hook and right cross to Holyfield\'s head but did not seem to hurt Holyfield, who kept coming forward. With forty seconds remaining in the round Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, and Tyson rolled his head above Holyfield\'s shoulder and bit Holyfield on his right ear, avulsing a one-inch piece of cartilage from the top of the ear, and spitting out the piece of ear on the ring floor. Holyfield pushed Tyson away at which Lane called for a time-out. Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, and Tyson ran up to Holyfield and shoved him from behind. Lane sent Tyson to a neutral corner as an enraged Holyfield gestured for Lane to look at his bitten ear. The fight was delayed for several minutes as Lane debated what to do. Lane\'s original inclination was to immediately disqualify Tyson, but after the ringside doctor determined that Holyfield was able to continue despite the bite, Lane announced he would be deducting two points from Tyson and the fight would continue. As Lane explained the decision to Tyson and his cornermen, Tyson asserted that the injury to Holyfield\'s ear was the result of a punch. \"Bullshit,\" retorted Lane. The fight was resumed.
During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield\'s left ear. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. The men walked back to their respective corners when the fight was then stopped.
After the fight was stopped, Tyson ran at Holyfield and Holyfield\'s trainer Brooks while they were still in their corner. Tyson took swings at the people in his way, but was pushed back to his corner. Announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the decision: \"Referee Mills Lane has disqualified Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield on both of his ears.\"
Later, Tyson was walking back to his locker room when a fan tossed a full bottle of water in his direction. Tyson climbed over a temporary railing and up into the stands, made obscene gestures to the crowd, and made his way up the side of a stairway before he was dragged to his locker room. Tyson was suspended and his license withheld.0