By 1990, he was looking to challenge Tyson and after some hard negotiating the two fighters would agree to a fight later that year. However, a controversial ending to the fight, which Tyson won by technical knockout, led to an immediate rematch and further delayed the showdown between Tyson and Holyfield. Holyfield came up through the ranks of the light heavyweight division before making his name as a cruiserweight. “Tyson was one of the biggest heavyweights ever but Holyfield is a better fighter,” Nielsen added. As Tyson mainly threw one punch at a time, Holyfield blocked the first attack, then used his strength to clinch, and shove Tyson backwards. After a year and an appeal in court, Tyson's license was reinstated. Holyfield tied Tyson up and revealed the first surprise of the fight, his superior strength, as he pushed Tyson backwards. As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece. Akinwande emerged victorious with a tenth-round knockout in the first defense of his belt. The last fight before the main event was contested for the World Boxing Organization championship. Upon reviewing replays, referee Mills Lane stated the headbutts were unintentional and nonpunishable.. However, Holyfield surprised Tyson by controlling the contest and knocked him down in the sixth round. They also compared the fight to The Long Count Fight and the Phantom Punch incident. Twenty-five minutes after the brawl ended, announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the decision: "Ladies and gentlemen, this bout has been stopped at the end of round number three. When Tyson and Holyfield retired from boxing they befriended each other and are close friends today. Tyson's loss to Buster Douglas, which he had intended as a tune-up fight for the Holyfield match, derailed those plans. The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year. Evander Holyfield et Mike Tyson pourraient se retrouver prochainement pour un 3ème affrontement. Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "the Sound and the Fury" and afterwards infamously referred to as "the Bite Fight" or "the Bite of '97" was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. I went 10 rounds with Holyfield.” Tyson was making his first defense of the WBA championship he had won from Bruce Seldon in a first-round knockout. The referee … Lane ordered Tyson back to his corner to insert it. Holyfield left the ring seconds after the interview, which gave the fans and audience the hint that the fight was over. Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "the Sound and the Fury" and afterwards infamously referred to as "the Bite Fight" or "the Bite of '97" was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. 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." Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, billed as Finally, was a professional boxing match fought between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson for the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship on November 9, 1996 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. He would regain the WBA and IBF titles from Bowe in a rematch the following year, then lost them to Michael Moorer in 1994. ". , Tyson and Holyfield fought seven months earlier in Las Vegas. Tyson was released from prison in 1995 and resumed his career with great fanfare. He moved up to heavyweight in 1988 and continued to work his way up the rankings. , After the fight was stopped, Tyson went on a rampage at Holyfield and his trainer Brooks while they were still in their corner. Henry Akinwande, a British fighter who defeated Jeremy Williams for the title Riddick Bowe vacated to set up the third and last fight with Holyfield, took on former North American Boxing Federation champion Alexander Zolkin.