Seventeen years removed from the infamous ear-biting incident, Mike Tyson will present longtime rival turned friend Evander Holyfield as he enters the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Aug. 9.
That fateful night in 1997, a championship rematch turned awry as Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear, is one of the defining moments in sports history. The two have since buried the hatchet, and Rich Marotta, the president of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, says the reunion at the podium for the historic occasion is but a slight look at what the sport can achieve, per Houston Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times:
“This is the kind of thing we showed is possible in boxing last year at our inaugural induction ceremony — former and even current rivals coming together under the same roof to celebrate boxing. Everyone checks those rivalries at the door. Tyson presenting Holyfield is sheer magic.”
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