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Tyson and Holyfield in pictures

Promoter Don King announces that Holyfield (right) and Tyson will fight

Six years after they were supposed to meet, a fight between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson was finally agreed in 1996

Evander Holyfield (r) fights "Buster" Douglas

They were expected to fight in 1990 but Tyson lost to James "Buster" Douglas, who was then beaten by Holyfield

Mike Tyson stops Frank Bruno

After time in prison, Tyson had regained two heavyweight title belts with wins over Bruce Seldon and Britain's Frank Bruno

Evander Holyfield enters the ring to face Mike Tyson

He was expected to destroy former champion Holyfield, who was 34 and feared to be past his best and out of his depth

Mike Tyson on the attack against Evander Holyfield

Tyson made a predictably explosive start and got through with some trademark hurtful punches in the opening round

Evander Holyfield

It looked like being a difficult night for Holyfield, who had ignored calls for him to quit the sport

Holyfield fights back against Tyson

But having weathered the storm, Holyfield fought back and began to catch Tyson with some cracking punches

Holyfield goes on the attack against Tyson

As against Douglas, Tyson found himself under a barrage of shots from a man who refused to be intimidated by him

Tyson is floored by Evander Holyfield

The crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas were on their feet when an off-balance Tyson was floored by a left hook

Tyson is wobbled in the 10th

Tyson was wobbled near the end of the 10th round and was on the verge of being stopped when he was saved by the bell

Mike Tyson is stopped

It was only a temporary reprieve as referee Mitch Halpern stepped in to stop the fight early in the next round

Evander Holyfield celebrates after beating Mike Tyson

Holyfield's victory was one of the most remarkable in boxing history and earned him legendary status

Holyfield evades Tyson in their rematch

The rematch in June 1997 followed a similar early pattern, with Tyson running out of ideas after an explosive start

Holyfield lands shots on Tyson

Holyfield seemed to be heading towards another stoppage victory as Tyson again looked a shadow of his former self

Tyson and Holyfield collide

Frustrated and unhappy after a number of head collisions, Tyson then resorted to biting his opponent's ear

Evander Holyfield after having his ear bitten

Holyfield recoiled in agony and Tyson was twice warned by furious referee Mills Lane

Holyfield's ear after the second Tyson fight

Tyson was eventually disqualified with Holyfield keeping the titles - but losing part of his right ear

Evander Holyfield

Holyfield, now 45, still refuses to retire and has said he would consider taking on Tyson for a third time



SEE ALSO
Holyfield's career in pictures
01 Jun 03 |  Photo Galleries
Mike Tyson's career in pictures
12 Jun 05 |  Photo Galleries
Holyfield makes history
26 Dec 01 |  Boxing
Tyson-Holyfield rematch on cards
30 Nov 00 |  Other Sports
Should Tyson quit?
21 Oct 00 |  Sports Talk
Holyfield's future on the line
19 Dec 02 |  Boxing
No more miracles for Evander
04 Mar 01 |  Boxing


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