Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II

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Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "The Sound and the Fury" and afterwards infamously referred to as "The Bite Fight", was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship.wikipedia
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MGM Grand Garden Arena

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The fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The arena is well known for numerous professional boxing superfights, such as Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez and Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield

9 Nov 1996Nov 9, 199611th round loss
Tyson and Holyfield fought seven months earlier in Las Vegas.
The bout was the first fight pitting the two boxers against each other and it would be followed up with a controversial rematch.

Mitch Halpern

The referee officiating the fight was Mills Lane, who was brought in as a late replacement when Tyson's camp protested the original selection of Mitch Halpern (who officiated the first fight) as the referee. Bobby Czyz, who was calling the fight with Steve Albert for Showtime, said, "I wonder how this would have played in Mitch Halpern's eyes," and Albert told Czyz, "That's a thought, Bobby."
Halpern was scheduled to referee Holyfield–Tyson II, what would come to be known as the infamous "Bite Fight", but Tyson's co-manager, John Horne vehemently opposed.

Mills Lane

Judge Mills Lane
The referee officiating the fight was Mills Lane, who was brought in as a late replacement when Tyson's camp protested the original selection of Mitch Halpern (who officiated the first fight) as the referee.
Lane became a household name in the United States the night he refereed "The Bite Fight" rematch between world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and challenger Mike Tyson on June 28, 1997.

Nevada

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The fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Las Vegas has hosted several professional boxing matches, most recently at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with bouts such as Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao and at the newer T-Mobile Arena with Canelo Álvarez vs. Amir Khan.

Steve Albert

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Bobby Czyz, who was calling the fight with Steve Albert for Showtime, said, "I wonder how this would have played in Mitch Halpern's eyes," and Albert told Czyz, "That's a thought, Bobby."
He covered major boxing fights on Showtime Championship Boxing for 17 years, including the infamous "Bite Fight" between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in 1997.

Pay-per-view

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The fight generated a total revenue of $180,000,000 ($0), from live gate, pay-per-view, closed-circuit telecasts, foreign television rights, and casino profits.

Mike Tyson

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Their 1997 rematch ended when Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield's ears.

World Boxing Association

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Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "The Sound and the Fury" and afterwards infamously referred to as "The Bite Fight", was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship.

Las Vegas Valley

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The fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Referee (boxing)

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The referee officiating the fight was Mills Lane, who was brought in as a late replacement when Tyson's camp protested the original selection of Mitch Halpern (who officiated the first fight) as the referee.

Bruce Seldon

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Tyson was making his first defense of the WBA championship he had won from Bruce Seldon in a first-round knockout.

Bobby Czyz

Bobby Czyz, who was calling the fight with Steve Albert for Showtime, said, "I wonder how this would have played in Mitch Halpern's eyes," and Albert told Czyz, "That's a thought, Bobby."

Showtime (TV network)

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Bobby Czyz, who was calling the fight with Steve Albert for Showtime, said, "I wonder how this would have played in Mitch Halpern's eyes," and Albert told Czyz, "That's a thought, Bobby."

Jimmy Lennon Jr.

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Twenty-five minutes after the brawl ended, announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.

Sky Sports

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The commentators for the Sky Sports broadcast of the bout theorized that no one had been disqualified in a title bout for more than 50 years, estimating that the last disqualification was during a bout between Joe Louis and Buddy Baer, where Baer was disqualified for refusing to continue to fight.

Joe Louis

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The commentators for the Sky Sports broadcast of the bout theorized that no one had been disqualified in a title bout for more than 50 years, estimating that the last disqualification was during a bout between Joe Louis and Buddy Baer, where Baer was disqualified for refusing to continue to fight.

Buddy Baer

The commentators for the Sky Sports broadcast of the bout theorized that no one had been disqualified in a title bout for more than 50 years, estimating that the last disqualification was during a bout between Joe Louis and Buddy Baer, where Baer was disqualified for refusing to continue to fight.

The Long Count Fight

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They also compared the fight to The Long Count Fight and the Phantom Punch incident.

Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston

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They also compared the fight to The Long Count Fight and the Phantom Punch incident.

Gate receipts

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The fight generated a total revenue of $180,000,000 ($0), from live gate, pay-per-view, closed-circuit telecasts, foreign television rights, and casino profits.

Nevada Athletic Commission

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As a result of biting Holyfield on both ears and other behavior, Tyson's boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he was fined $3 million plus legal costs.

United States dollar

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As a result of biting Holyfield on both ears and other behavior, Tyson's boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he was fined $3 million plus legal costs.

Tyson (2008 film)

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In the 2008 documentary Tyson, the boxer claimed he did it as retaliation for the headbutting.