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Lewis v Tyson

Lewis prepares to take on Andrew Golota 1986 Tyson misses with a left as Evander Holyfield steps aside

By Sanjeev Shetty, BBC Sport Online

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Tyson explains bite
Lewis on bizarre McCall
In a sport seldom embarrassed by the bizarre, both Lewis and Tyson are involved in incidents which appal most of the sporting world.

Lewis regains his WBC belt when McCall refuses to hit back during their fight for the vacant title. Recently released from rehab after a bout with drink and drugs, a tearful McCall is in no fit state to box.

But McCall’s pacifism is nothing compared to Tyson’s behaviour in his summer rematch with Holyfield. After being outboxed for two rounds, Tyson, in response to being ‘butted’ by Holyfield, spits out his gum shield and bites off a chunk of the champion’s ear.

After a warning and points deduction for the first bite, Tyson turns his attention to the other ear, earning him a disqualification and ultimately a boxing ban.

Did you know?
The second Holyfield contest would be Tyson’s last as a Don King fighter – he left the promoter and signed a deal with Shelly Finkel.

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