Evander Holyfield Says He Was Close To Biting Mike Tyson’s Face Before Their Rematch Ended

A prophet spoke to Evander Holyfield in 1997

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It has been 25 years since Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield‘s ear in their highly anticipated rematch. Holyfield revealed that he thought about biting Tyson’s face in retaliation in a recent interview.

In 1997, Tyson rematched Holyfield at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The pair had fought seven months prior. It was Tyson’s first defense of the WBA title, and Holyfield outclassed Tyson, eventually defeating him via TKO.

In the rematch, Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear in what is probably one of the most iconic sports moments in history.

Speaking on the I AM ATHLETE podcast, Holyfield said he was told something crazy was going to happen that night by a prophet.

“A prophet told me that it would happen,” Holyfield said. “He’s going to do something to tick you off. You gotta keep your mind on the lord.

“In the ghetto, if they do something to you, you do it worse. People didn’t realize I was getting ready to bite him right in the doggone face! My grandmother always said, ‘They always catch the second person’.”

Holyfield vs. Tyson 3

The trilogy was close to happening last year but as an exhibition. Holyfield vs. Tyson 3 fell through because the deal fell apart. The 59-year-old boxer was looking forward to fighting his old rival, even though it made no sense.

“I beat him twice. I felt it was wrong for me to ask him to fight me. I don’t know [if he’s scared]. Therefore, I would never ask a person. But if they called me to fight in two days, I’d be there to fight in two days. I always want to be the best that I can be.”

Holyfield instead boxed former UFC champion Vitor Belfort and got knocked out in the first round.

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