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Tyson-Holyfield II: What really happened on the night of the most infamous fight in boxing history

Mike Tyson is regarded by some students of boxing as the last of the great heavyweight champions, the winner of 50 fights, a boxer of such power and ferocity that 44 of his victories were by knockout.  The youngest heavyweight world champion of all time when he defeated Trevor Berbick to win the WBC heavyweight crown, he triumphed in 12 world title fights and is the only man to successfully unify the WBC, WBA and IBF titles.

Yet he is remembered as much for what happened on the night of June 28, 1997, in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, when Tyson and Evander Holyfield clashed in a rematch of the WBA title fight Holyfield had won the previous November.

It would become the most infamous fight in boxing history, bringing the disqualification of the former undisputed world number one for biting each of Holyfield's ears.

Now New York Post sports columnist George Willis has written a book that explores the fight, the background to it and what happened on the night in forensic detail through interviews conducted with all of the major figures in the story.

Willis reports the facts from a neutral standpoint rather than taking a judgmental position and is able to shed light on a number of previously unanswered questions, as well as revealing how that night affected both boxers.

Writing in The Independent, sports book reviewer Simon Redfern says that "by sticking to neutral reportage rather than indulging in fanciful speculation, Willis has produced a famous account of an infamous event."

Read Simon Redfern's full review.

Follow this link for more information or to buy - Twice Bitten: The Untold Story of Holyfield-Tyson II

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