Tyson, Holyfield Use Ear-Biting Incident as Twitter Advertisement 15 Years Later

Mick AkersAnalyst IJune 29, 2012

Courtesy of:www.straightfromthea.com
Courtesy of:www.straightfromthea.com

The day after what was the 15th anniversary of the infamous Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield ear-biting incident (per SI.com), the two former heavyweight greats used it as a joke to advertise Holyfield's new barbecue sauce on Twitter.

Tyson tweeted:



While Holyfield tweeted:



The horrific act occurred back on June 28, 1997 in the rematch between Tyson and Holyfield, where Holyfield came in off his spectacular knockout victory over Tyson just eight months prior.

In the third round of their rematch, Tyson came into the round angered by a headbutt that was inadvertently landed on Tyson by Holyfield that opened up a cut over Tyson's right eye, with no point taken away in the second round.

Tyson took a flurry of punches from Holyfield towards the end of Round 3 and  then did the unthinkable act. Tyson spit out his mouth piece and took a chunk out of Holyfiled's right ear causing Holyfield to jump around in pain, and subsequently caused referee, Mills Lane, to call a halt to the bout.

The two fighters made amends back in October of 2009 (per ESPN) on "the Oprah Winfrey Show", finally putting the whole incident behind them 12 years after the fact.

With how shocking the gruesome event was when it happened back in June of 1997, it is good to see the two fighters are now able to joke about the incident with each other and promote Holyfield's latest business venture in the process.