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Boxer Tries To Bite His Opponent's Ear In Shocking Mike Tyson Moment

Joe Harker

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Boxer Tries To Bite His Opponent's Ear In Shocking Mike Tyson Moment

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It's every boxer's aspiration to follow in the footsteps of the sporting greats, but one has taken his emulation of Mike Tyson too far after appearing to try and bite his opponent's ear.

Edgar Berlanga was facing off against Roamer Alexis Angulo at New York's Madison Square Garden when he resorted to unorthodox tactics to defend his NABO Super Middleweight title.

In the seventh round footage of the fight appeared to show Berlanga trying to take a bite out of his opponent's neck and ear.

The referee either didn't spot it at the time or decided not to punish Berlanga for attempting to copy Tyson, instead punishing Angulo for punching behind the head.

Berlanga would go on to win the fight by unanimous decision, meaning he keeps hold of his title.

The win takes Berlanga's professional boxing record to 20 consecutive wins, the first 16 of them by knockout and the last four by unanimous decision.

According to the Daily Mail, Berlanga said of the shocking moment that he 'was about to do a Mike Tyson' on his opponent because Angulo 'was throwing elbows'.

However, the boxer later apologised for his comments on social media,

He tweeted: "I want to apologise for my actions and what I said yesterday about the Mike Tyson bite.

"I was in the moment and got a little ahead of myself. It doesn't take away from the embarrassment that I have caused upon myself, my team, top ranks, and many others."

"I reacted poorly and take full responsibility.

"Moving forward, I am going to be more mindful and encouraging in my behaviour. Once again, I do apologise."

Of course, when Mike Tyson infamously did it to Evander Holyfield in 1997 he actually managed to get his teeth around his opponent's ear and tear a part off.

It was the second fight between the pair, Holyfield having managed to defeat the then heavyweight champion Tyson in one of the most stunning upsets in boxing history during their previous fight a year earlier.

NABO Super Middleweight title holder Edgar Berlanga and opponent Roamer Alexis Angulo before their bout where Berlanga tried to bite his opponent's ear. Credit: Alamy
NABO Super Middleweight title holder Edgar Berlanga and opponent Roamer Alexis Angulo before their bout where Berlanga tried to bite his opponent's ear. Credit: Alamy

Tyson, who had been losing the opening two rounds of the rematch, bit his opponent's right ear and spat a chunk of it out onto the canvas.

Incredibly, the fight did not stop there as after several minutes of waiting it was determined that Holyfield was alright to continue the bout.

When the fight resumed Tyson then bit Holyfield's left ear, causing some scarring, and was disqualified at the end of the round.

In the aftermath of the fight Tyson was suspended from boxing and fined $3 million, he also had to complete a period of community service.

Incredibly, Tyson and Holyfield became good friends after retiring from boxing, so perhaps Berlanga and Angulo will look back on this moment with fondness one day.

Topics: Boxing, Mike Tyson, Sport

Joe Harker
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