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UPI Focus: Tyson faces hearing, Holyfield surgery

LAS VEGAS, June 28 -- Evander Holyfield has retained his World Boxing Association heavyweight title in a bizarre bout that left him facing plastic surgery and his opponent, Mike Tyson, disqualified and facing a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Tyson was disqualified in the third round of the much ballyhooed rematch after twice biting Holyfield on the ear. He received a warning after biting Holyfield's right ear, drawing blood. The fight was briefly stopped, and Tyson was warned that the fight would be stopped if he bit again. Moments later, he did, and the fight was stopped. Tyson actually took a chunk out of Holyfield's ear with the first bite, which he said was retaliation for Holyfield head-butts that left a large welt over Tyson's right eye. Holyfield's trainer said a plastic surgeon would try to repair the damage. The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Tyson immediately and withheld his $30 million purse until after an emergency hearing is held Tuesday. 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. TV replays showed him taking a swing at a police officer. Holyfield had dominated the first two rounds of the bout, just as he had when he stopped Tyson in the 11th round of their first fight last November. Referee Mills Lane said, 'The first bite was a foul. The doctor said Holyfield could continue so I let them go.

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But then he bit him on the other ear. You have to take a position sometime and that was it.' Mills, ironically, got the referee's job because Tyson's camp demanded that the man who officiated the first bout be replaced. 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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