Ex-heavyweight champions reveals why he forgave Mike Tyson

Evandar Holyfield had his ear bitten in an infamous incident by Mike Tyson during a rematch in 1997


Former heavyweight champion of the world, Evandar Holyfield has revealed  why he forgave fellow ex-boxer Mike Tyson for the infamous biting incident in 1997.

During a professional boxing match on June 28, 1997 for the WBA Heavyweight Championship, Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear and was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated.

Holyfield was at the premiere for a new film titled ‘Chasing Tyson’ which is about the boxing rivalry between Holyfield and Tyson.

The film was directed by Steven Cantor and documents the two fights between Holyfield and Tyson.

Speaking at the a panel discussion for the film for Yahoo at the Paley Centre for Media, Holyfield revealed why he forgave Tyson for the incident.

“I found out boxing is the sport where you make the last decision,” he said.

“And this is the reason I can forgive Mike Tyson, because as a kid I bit my brother all the time.”

Watch the video of the incident below:


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