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.
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Referee Lane Mills steps in to separate the two boxers after Tyson bit Holyfield's ear in the third round.
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As Holyfield retreated to his corner, he is shoved by a frustrated Tyson.
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Lane examines Holyfield's ear immediately after it was bitten.
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After learning he was disqualified, an irate Tyson charges Holyfield's corner.
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Tyson takes a swing at a Las Vegas policeman during the postfight melee.
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Tyson handlers' attempting to restrain their fighter.
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Tyson reacts to the crowd as he leaves the ring.
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A photographer gets a close-up shot of Holyfield's ear as he walks to the locker room following the fight.
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Sports Illustrated captures the controversial moment on its cover the week after the fight.
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