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UPI Focus: Holyfield to Tyson: 'Handle emotions'

FAIRBURN, Ga., July 2 -- Heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield says 'only time will tell' if boxer Mike Tyson is truly sorry for biting Holyfield's ears during their championship fight. Holyfield told NBC 'Today' that Tyson needs to learn how to handle his emotions and not look for sympathy.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Tyson from fighting and withheld his $29.8 million purse pending a final decision on disciplinary action for biting Holyfield in their heavyweight title fight last Saturday. Tyson has apologized to Holyfield, but the two have not spoken to each other since the fight. Holyfield said 'only time will tell' if Tyson's apology was sincere. He said 'one can say anything, but he does have an opportunity to show it by being able to conduct himself in a good manner.' He said Tyson is 31 years old and must take responsibility for his actions. But he said people can be helped only if they choose to be helped. If Tyson is allowed to fight again, Holyfield said it won't be for two or three years, adding, 'You can't hold a person to his past.' Holyfield said that after viewing the videotape of the fight, his gut reaction was hurt and disappointment. The fight was stopped after the third round. It was in the third round that Tyson bit both of Holyfield's ears. Holyfield said he hoped the incident was big enough that action will be taken to prevent a repeat in the future. ---

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