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Twice Bitten: The Untold Story of Holyfield-Tyson II [Paperback]

George Willis
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27 Mar 2014

On 28 July 1997, in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield engaged in what would become the most infamous fight in boxing history. After the third round of a heavyweight championship match, Tyson was disqualified for biting each of Holyfield's ears in what is now commonly called 'the Bite Fight'.

But what drives a man to viciously bite another man? Was it a mental breakdown? Was it fear? Was it retaliation? In Twice Bitten, renowned sports columnist George Willis not only details what triggered Tyson to explode into a rage that led to him biting off and spitting out a chunk of Holyfield's ear but also exposes the panic that engulfed MGM's corridors in the aftermath.

It also reveals the answers to the following questions: what happened to the piece of ear that Tyson chewed off and spit out? Why didn't Holyfield reattach it? And was it popping champagne bottles or gunshots that caused a near-riot in the MGM corridors and casinos that night?

Twice Bitten will enlighten readers on how that night has affected both boxers as they reach middle age. Fifteen years later, the Bite Fight still leaves its marks.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (27 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780576706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780576701
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating insight . . . meticulously researched" (The Sun)

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The truth about one of the most infamous events in boxing history

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what is states on the label 16 Sep 2013
Twice Bitten The Untold Story of Holyfield Tyson II is the title of this book and it has been marketed as a book about the events that happened on "Bite Nite".

I brought this book expecting a similiar level of research, analysis and dissection as Kevin Mitchell provided in his excellent book on the Nigel Benn v Gerrald McClellend fight " War Baby". What I got was a horrible feeling of being shortchanged.

Firstly most of Holyfield and Tyson fights are covered in the book's 255 pages.

However so is the childhood's of both fighters, their amateur careers, olympic involvement their promotional arrangements, turning pro, pro careers,private lives up until their status as at 2013.

Not suprisingly what you get is a very superficial view of both fighters lives.I was aware of at least 90% of the facts that form the contents of the book beforehand just by following the sport and reading monthly boxing magazines like the Ring and Boxing Monthly.

The book looks the part. However even when you come to terms with the fact that it is not what it is a percieved too be. It is still disappointing to read the superficial level of detail afforded to each fighters career.

Tyson's first fight with Bruno is covered in a few sentances and fails to acknowledge that Bruno had Tyson there for the taking in the first round. Either fighter could justify at least half a dozen books that focused on specific aspects of their career. To cram all of this into 250 pages is ambitious and results in a lot of issues being covered superficially rather than any particular insight that warrants the cost of purchasing the book to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 6 Aug 2013
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This book is superb and allowed me to relive a golden era of heavyweight boxing. I can't recommend the author's writing style, research and gravitas highly enough.
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