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Mike Tyson: I wanted to kill Holyfield but settled on biting his ear off instead

Mike Tyson has revealed he wanted to kill Evander Holyfield but settled for biting a chunk out of his ear.

Iron Mike was famously disqualified for biting a piece of Holyfield’s ear clean off in their 1997 rematch and later was slapped with a 15-month ban.

The Baddest Man on the Planet had lost their first encounter in 1996 after suffering an 11th-round stoppage.

But he explained his fury with his opponent came from Holyfield’s tactical use of the head in both fights.

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Tyson, 54, told Fox News: “I bit him because I wanted to kill him.

“I was really mad about my head being bumped and everything. I really lost consciousness of the whole fight. It took me out of my fight plan and everything.

“Listen, good or bad, I’m not going to let anyone take my glory.

“So, I’m going to confront everything that I have to confront… Hey listen, I done it. I got to handle the responsibility of it.

“That was my glory. And I took responsibility for it.”

Veteran Tyson is still in incredible shape ahead of his first fight in 15 years against Roy Jones Jr next weekend.

And when asked whether he would act the same way if he was in the same position, he said: “I hope not..

“I say, ‘No, never ever again’ but I might do it again. Well if he does what he was doing to get bitten, I would bite him again, yeah.”

Tyson and Jones Jr – with a combined age of 105 – will contest an eight-round exhibition at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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