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

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The infamous boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on June 28, 1997, was like none other in the sport’s history, and this insightful account of the anticipation, the gruesome fight itself, and the ongoing aftermath of that one night reveals just how much of an impact it really made. The rivals met for a rematch that would never be finished, as Tyson earned a disqualification and infamy that followed in the third round by biting off a portion of Holyfield’s ear. Through nearly 100 interviews, ...

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Overview

The infamous boxing match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on June 28, 1997, was like none other in the sport’s history, and this insightful account of the anticipation, the gruesome fight itself, and the ongoing aftermath of that one night reveals just how much of an impact it really made. The rivals met for a rematch that would never be finished, as Tyson earned a disqualification and infamy that followed in the third round by biting off a portion of Holyfield’s ear. Through nearly 100 interviews, including with the famed fighters themselves, and extensive research of past interviews, books, and transcripts, this exploration of the sensational events surrounding the fight provides a behind-the-scenes, past and present look at the bout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600787904
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,403,251
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet 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. His writing has also appeared on ESPN.com and in ESPN magazine. He is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Golf Writers Association of America, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Baseball Writers Association of America. He lives in Whippany, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    This is a great book. It's not just about boxing, it's about li

    This is a great book. It's not just about boxing, it's about life. It's about two men trying to make the best of their circumstances and the mistakes they make and how those mistakes affect other people and how the two men try to deal with their mistakes and the mistakes of those around them.

    If you pay attention, George Willis provides a not-so-oblique commentary on our society. He holds up a mirror for us to examine how we entertain ourselves and how we seek fulfillment. I am not referring to some trite commentary about how boxing is evil--I don't believe that and neither does Willis. I boxed for two years as an amateur and I love the sport. But something changed between the last fights of Mohammed Ali and the Bite Fight. I believe the change is about boundaries: boundaries between an audience and the people in the arena, boundaries between those pursuing a dream and those who fulfill their own ends by facilitating the dreams of others, and boundaries between people obsessed with a dream and those they encounter on the path to achieving that dream. We all probably participate in each of those dichotomies at various times in our lives.

    By the end of the book, I have spent a lot of time thinking about justice and power in many different contexts. I am left with the impression that it is how we treat others that distinguishes the heavyweight champions of life. Well done, George Willis. You tell a great story with all the honesty and humanity and insight I would expect from my old high school quarterback. Cheers to you, my friend.

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