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Mike Tyson explains how biting Evander Holyfield’s ear earned him so much money

Anish Vij

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Mike Tyson explains how biting Evander Holyfield’s ear earned him so much money

Mike Tyson has told how biting off a portion of Evander Holyfield's ear earned him millions.

The famous incident took place in the third round of their their much-anticipated rematch in 1997.

As a result, Iron Mike was disqualified from the fight, temporarily lost his boxing license and was fined a whopping $3 million (£2.6 million)

Mike Tyson says that biting off a portion of Evander Holyfield's ear back in 1997 has earned him so much money. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
Mike Tyson says that biting off a portion of Evander Holyfield's ear back in 1997 has earned him so much money. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

Clip below contains strong language:

He said: "I make so much off some f**king ears. Listen, I made so much money because I got fined $3 million for that.

"I might’ve made $30 million (£26 million) since that happened from that bite (alone). From taking pictures (pretending) biting heads and all that s**t.

"Do you know how important that was for people? White people wanting me to bite their ear. I was fined $3 million and I tripled that by just playing like I’m gonna bite ears and all this biting s**t."

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are now good buddies, despite the bizarre incident. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are now good buddies, despite the bizarre incident. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

After his license was reinstated, Tyson continued to have a great career, racking up millions along the way.

However, back in 2003, the boxing icon filed for bankruptcy because of mismanagement of his money.

Once he recovered from bankruptcy, Mike continued to make millions, largely from his legal marijuana business which remarkably happens to sell THC edibles in the shape of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

Last month, Tyson addressed a series of photos of him getting around in a wheelchair at an airport, causing increased concern amongst his fans.

Tyson explained to Newsmax: "I have sciatica every now and then, it flares up. When it flares up, I can’t even talk."

"Thank God it’s the only health problem I have. I’m splendid now."

Rumours of Mike's health began circulating after he previously told listeners of his Hotboxin' With Mike Tyson podcast that he fears he does not have much longer to live. 

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"We’re all gonna die one day of course. Then, when I look in the mirror, I see those little spots on my face," he said. 

"I say, 'Wow. That means my expiration date is coming close, really soon'."

"When you put money in your bank and you get a check every week and you can live for the rest of your life, is that security?" he questioned.

"That means you won’t catch a disease, you can’t get hit by a car? You can’t jump off a bridge. I don’t know. Is that security? Can money secure you from that?"

Featured Image Credit: BoxingNews/YouTube

Topics: Mike Tyson, Celebrity, Boxing

Anish Vij
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