Seventeen years ago, Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear and was disqualified in a heavyweight title bout.
All is forgiven, apparently. Next month, Tyson will present Holyfield for induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
Tyson, who will hand Holyfield his Hall of Fame trophy, called the opportunity to present Holyfield a “privilege and high honor.”
Holyfield is also looking forward to it.
“That’s great,” he said of Tyson’s participation.
Rich Marotta, a longtime boxing broadcaster and president of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, said: “This is the kind of thing we showed is possible in boxing last year at our inaugural induction ceremony — former and even current rivals coming together under the same roof to celebrate boxing. Everyone checks those rivalries at the door. Tyson presenting Holyfield is sheer magic.”
The two had already patched things up, appearing in a 2013 Foot Locker ad in which Tyson “returned” Holyfield’s ear.