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The most controversial Boxing match of all time

Boxing has always been a sport that has had its fair share of controversies, both inside and outside of the ring. However, there is one fight in particular that stands out as the most controversial of all time. The match in question is the 1997 bout between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, also known as the "Bite Fight."

The two heavyweight fighters first met in November 1996, with Holyfield pulling off a stunning upset victory over Tyson. The rematch was scheduled for June 28, 1997, and was eagerly anticipated by fans around the world.

From the opening bell, it was clear that Tyson was in a more aggressive mood than in their first encounter. However, in the third round, things took a bizarre turn. Holyfield, who was known for his headbutting tactics, clashed heads with Tyson, opening a cut above his eye.

As the fight continued, Tyson became increasingly frustrated, and in the third round, he did the unthinkable. In a moment that shocked the boxing world, Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear. The referee stopped the fight, and Tyson was disqualified.

The incident was met with universal condemnation from fans, pundits, and the boxing community. Tyson's actions were seen as barbaric and unsportsmanlike, and he was heavily criticized for his behavior both in and out of the ring.

In the aftermath of the fight, Tyson was suspended from boxing and fined $3 million. Holyfield went on to become a boxing legend, winning several more world titles and cementing his place as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.

The "Bite Fight" remains the most controversial boxing match of all time, and its impact is still felt in the sport today. It is a stark reminder of the importance of sportsmanship and fair play in all forms of competition, and the need to hold athletes to the highest standards of behavior both in and out of the ring.

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