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Evander Holyfield wins; Mike Tyson Disqualified for biting

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Veteran referee Mills Lane inspects the right ear of defending heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield after challenger Mike Tyson bit it in round three of their title fight June 28 at the MGM Grand. Tyson was disqualified moments later after biting Holyfield's left ear. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/a6ed53d3c373b78a79b6e00eff07b300/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Veteran referee Mills Lane inspects the right ear of defending heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield after challenger Mike Tyson bit it in round three of their title fight June 28 at the MGM Grand. Tyson was disqualified moments later after biting Holyfield's left ear. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LAS VEGAS, June 28 -- Evander Holyfield has retained his World Boxing Association heavyweight title as Mike Tyson was disqualified for twice biting Holyfield on the ear during the third round.

A wild scene erupted in the ring following the disqualification with Tyson trying to throw more punches at Holyfield before finally being subdued by security.

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Holyfield had dominated the first two rounds of the WBA heavyweight championship rematch, just as he had done when he stopped Tyson in the 11th round of their first bout last November.

A head butt in the second round drew blood over Tyson's right eye, but Tyson began to carry the fight to Holyfield early in the third round.

Then, Tyson suddenly grabbed Holyfield in a head lock and bit Holyfield's right ear, drawing blood.

The fight was briefly stopped and referee Mills Lane first took two points away from Tyson and then told Tyson he would be disqualified if he continued to use such tactics.

Moments after the bout resumed, Tyson bit Holyfield on the left ear.

Lane said, 'The first bite was a foul. The doctor said Holyfield could continue so I let them go. But then he bit him on the other ear. You have to take a position sometime and that was it.'

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Holyfield said, 'I guess he thought it was the only chance he had. I'm thankful we have a referee who can see this was intentional. That shows no courage, whatsoever. He is a coward.'

Tyson claimed he did what he did because of a head butt.

'Regardless of what I did, he butted me,' Tyson said. 'I addressed it in the ring.'

Holyfield won for the 34th time in 37 bouts while Tyson, fighting for the sixth time since being released from prison, is 45-3.

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