Boxing: The Mike Tyson Ear Bite
The Holyfield-Tyson II fight of June 28, 1997, will go down in history as one of the dirtiest boxing matches of all time, thanks to the actions of Mike Tyson just before the second minute of the third round. When Holyfield grabbed Tyson in a clinch, Tyson responded by removing an inch from the top of Holyfield’s right ear with his teeth, which he then spat onto the floor of the ring. After a delay of several minutes two points were deducted from Tyson and the fight resumed, only to be stopped soon after when Tyson bit into Holyfield’s left ear.
Aftermath: The initial aftermath was a melee between Tyson and Holyfield’s supporters. Following the fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revoked Tyson’s boxing license and fined him $3 million plus court costs. His license was reinstated a year later, in 1998.