Remembering Tyson-Holyfield II
Mike Tyson may go down as one of the top fighters in boxing history, but he will forever be remembered for the 1997 fight in which he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear. It was the second fight between the two rivals; Holyfield had upset Tyson with an 11th round TKO in the first fight seven months earlier. In the rematch, Tyson was disqualified after the third round for biting and a near riot broke out in the ring afterwards. Fifteen years later, SI looks back at the memorable night.
Referee Lane Mills steps in to separate the two boxers after Tyson bit Holyfield's ear in the third round.
As Holyfield retreated to his corner, he is shoved by a frustrated Tyson.
Lane examines Holyfield's ear immediately after it was bitten.
After learning he was disqualified, an irate Tyson charges Holyfield's corner.
Tyson takes a swing at a Las Vegas policeman during the postfight melee.
Tyson handlers' attempting to restrain their fighter.
Tyson reacts to the crowd as he leaves the ring.
A photographer gets a close-up shot of Holyfield's ear as he walks to the locker room following the fight.
Sports Illustrated captures the controversial moment on its cover the week after the fight.