“Iron Mike,” the nickname was given to Mr. Michael Gerard Tyson who is famously known as Mike Tyson. He was the youngest boxing champion to ever win the heavyweight title at the age of 20 and four months. Mr. Iron Mike also became the first ever person to simultaneously win the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF). Inspired by former greats, Mike Tyson, the kid dynamite, went to build himself an early prestigious boxing career that placed him as the face of the boxing world during his prime. In 1988 he became the lineal champion after he dramatically, within 91 seconds, knocked out Michael Spinks in the first round. He won his first 19 fights of his professional career by knockouts or sometimes referred to as stoppage, and 12 of these wins came within the first round.
Tyson vs. Hollyfield
On the night of June 28, 1997, marked the second encounter of Mike Tyson with Evander Hollyfield, little did anyone know that it would turn out to be one of the most controversial moments in the world of sporting history. Preparations leading up to the fight came as a rematch of the previous one when Hollyfield knocked Tyson out in the eleventh round. In Nevada California, a swam of spectators entered the famous MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to take a glimpse of the highly anticipated rematch, entitled “The sound and the fury.” The attention that was brought up by this boxing event amounted up to a gross worth of 100 million spectators. Just as anyone would’ve anticipated back then, the match went to become the most lucrative boxing match that held a pay-per-view buy rate record of about 1.99 million households for almost a decade.
The Famous Ear Chomp
Going into the third round, the atmosphere around the arena was growing tense. Iron Mike started complaining about the head-butts he was receiving from Hollyfield; however, the referee did not show any acknowledgment. As the fight approached the third round, the most shocking thing ever happened. Tyson shoved his head onto the right shoulder of his opponent, as if going for a breather, but ended up plunging his teeth into the ear of Hollyfield ripping out the flesh. Hollyfield was in shock; his ear had just been bitten off, and he couldn’t decide if he had to concentrate on the match of the fact that he was missing his ear. The game was temporarily stopped to address what happened, and Tyson lost two points. However, as soon it resumed Tyson again trust his teeth into Holyfield’s ear. The fight was then stopped right at the end of the third round, and Mr. Iron M was disqualified, leaving all the fans spectators stunned and disappointed. At his post-match conference a few days later, he came out and apologized but said that his opponent had quit the fight because he incurred a cut on his ear, quickly becoming a controversial talk topic for decades after its happening.