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Evander Holyfield Explains Why He's "Glad" Mike Tyson Bit His Ear

Evander Holyfield Explains Why He's "Glad" Mike Tyson Bit His Ear

Evander Holyfield is actually "glad" that Mike Tyson bit his ear during their infamous heavyweight clash in 1997.

Holyfield beat Tyson in their highly-anticipated world title rematch after 'Iron' Mike was disqualified for biting.

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Tyson took a chunk of his opponent's ear which led to the stoppage of the bout, but Holyfield holds no grudges against his heavyweight rival and is even "glad" it happened.

"It don't bother me. It cost me a lot of grief but I'm glad it happened because it gave me an opportunity to talk about what forgiveness is," he explained.

"If somebody breaks into your house you don't think, 'How can I break into theirs?' What people don't know is Mike is a lot more knowledgeable than they think. They think he is crazy, but he's a businessperson now. You can't be the same way when you get older."

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And 'The Real Deal' is ready to welcome Tyson back to the sport.

"We have a different mindset, but I don't have to trust Mike when it comes to boxing. Why? I can box. I wouldn't get in there with nobody if I wasn't in shape," he added.

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"Look, we are going three rounds. It's not ten or fifteen. Maybe there'll be headgear. My intention is not to knock someone out, but you've got 16oz gloves and you get good shots in sparring too. I look after myself. I'm OK with head shots. You better believe that if he goes at my head I'm going at his. I'm going to be shooting at his head anyway with jabs.

"The difference is if I hurt him I'm not going to rush in and try and get him out of there. I'll pull back. This is a way for me to talk to young people."

Tyson vs Holyfield III? Watch this space.

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Boxing, Heavyweight, Fight News, Evander Holyfield

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Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.