Mike Tyson – Evander Holyfield
The two fighters went head-to-head twice during their careers, with both meetings coming back-to-back in the mid-1990s.
Holyfield won the first encounter courtesy of an 11th round knockout, only for Iron Mike to trigger a rematch, which took place just over six months later.
The Real Deal won that as well, but in surreal circumstances, after Tyson was disqualified for ripping off a section of Holyfield’s ear – not once, but twice.
Tyson, now 54, has revealed what was going through his head during the heat of the moment.
Speaking to Fox News, he said: “I bit him because I wanted to kill him. I was really mad about my head being bumped and everything.
“I really lost consciousness of the whole fight. It took me out of my fight plan and everything.”
It was the first heavyweight title fight in over 50 years to end in a disqualification, and Tyson’s license was temporarily rescinded.
He was also fined $3million for bringing boxing into disrepute – money which he reportedly earned back via his appearance as ring enforcer at WestleMania XIV.
In an interview with the Joe Rogan Podcast, Holyfield revealed he was ready to take a chunk out of Tyson too had he been given the opportunity.
“I was getting ready to bite the daylights out of him and I was going to bite his face”, Holyfield said.
“When you’re from the ghetto, they say that when you have something done to you, you’ve got to do it worse back.
“This prophet before the fight said ‘he’ll do something in your face area but you’ve got to stay focused’.
“I thought it was going to be an elbow or a headbutt, but I never ever thought in my life he would bite me on the ear.”