Tokyo Olympics: Youness Baalla “does a Mike Tyson”, bites David Nyika’s ear during loss

Tokyo Olympics: Youness Baalla attempted to bite David Nyika's ear during their bout, as MIke Tyson had done to Evander Holyfield in 1997.
Tokyo Olympics: Youness Baalla attempted to bite David Nyika's ear during their bout, as MIke Tyson had done to Evander Holyfield in 1997.

Tokyo Olympics: David Nyika’s Olympics heavyweight debut went as per plan as he clinched a memorable 5-0 victory against Youness Baalla in Tokyo. Nyika, a two-time Commonwealth Gold medallist now makes it into the last eight where he will face Belarus’ Uladzislau Smiahlikau. The New Zealander’s win was only marred by a disgraceful attempt by Baalla to bite his ear, similar to Mike Tyson’s antics from the 1997 bout against Evander Holyfield.

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Tokyo Olympics: Youness Baalla had no respite in his bout against David Nyika, as the New Zealander won the first two rounds with ease with his pinpoint jabs. Baalla lost his cool and attempted to bite his opponent’s ear during a hold in round three in frustration but a shocked Nyika managed to pull out in time. The bout continued after the referees missed the incident, with Nyika eventually claiming a 5-0 win.

Tokyo Olympics: David Nyika expressed surprise that the referee had missed the incident. The Guardian quoted him saying, “Did you see that? I don’t think the ref saw it. She was the closest one. He didn’t get a full mouthful. Luckily he had his mouthguard in and I was a bit sweaty. I don’t remember what I said to him but I gave him a little bit of a cheek. I have been bitten once on the chest before at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. But c’mon man, this is the Olympics.”

Tokyo Olympics: The incident served as a throwback to Mike Tyson’s famous bout against Evander Holyfield way back in 1997. The Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II had to be cancelled midway after the latter bit Holyfield’s ears twice, even biting a part off a chunk of the right ear. The fight continued and Tyson attempted to bite his ear again just scarring it the second time. After it was discovered, the bout was called off and Tyson was disqualified had his license suspended.

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