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The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the Night That Changed Boxing Forever

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The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the Night That Changed Boxing Forever
By George Willis, Foreword by Mike Tyson


An unparalleled account of the infamous bite felt ‘round the world

June 28, 1997 - Months following the first brutal showdown between Holyfield and Tyson - the two are back at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield had been an underdog in that first fight with the odds against him 25:1. "Iron" Mike Tyson, the defending WBA heavyweight champion, had planned to capture a huge purse and move on to more riches. Instead, Holyfield demolished Tyson. No one could have predicted what happened in the rematch.

An intimate look at the infamous disqualification of the "Baddest Man on the Planet," The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the Night that Changed Boxing Forever (Triumph Books, June 2013) by George Willis, with a foreword by Mike Tyson, examines the sensational events surrounding the legendary clash. More than 100 interviews-including with the famed fighters themselves-offer a behind-the-scenes look at the bout's past and present. The Bite Fight is the untold story of one of the most shocking moments in the history of boxing, covering:

  • Willis includes anecdotes that give fans insights into these two men's personalities and mental states throughout their careers, on the night of the fight and in the years to follow
  • Biographies of the two fighters, who had similar upbringings and were trained by personalities as intense as their own.
  • Tyson and Holyfield's bids for Olympic Gold in the 1984 Games where the two met at training camp and sparred for the first time.
  • Accounts from matches leading up to the historic fight, including Holyfield vs. Bowe and Tyson vs. Spinks.
  • A detailed account of fight night, the near riot in the MGM Grand casino, what happened to Holyfield's chewed off ear and his own biting history.

Celebrating the bout's 16-year anniversary in June 2013, Tyson and Holyfield are forever linked by the memorable fight. Generations recognize the bout as a landmark moment in both pop culture and sports history. The Bite Fight is a must-read look behind the scenes for all diehard boxing and sports fans alike.

About the Author:
George Willis is an award-winning sports columnist for the New York Post and a former journalist with the New York Times, Newsday, and the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. A native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, he lives in New Jersey.
 

CONTACT: Josh Williams ∙ Independent Publishers Group ∙ 312.568.5404 ∙ jwilliams@ipgbook.com

 

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Sadly, this is reminiscent of the scene from Django

 

 

Oprah's interview with Tyson and Holyfield

 

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