Mike Tyson to oversee Holyfield Hall induction

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 13:55 23/07/2014

Mike Tyson will induct Evander Holyfield into a boxing hall of fame 17 years after infamous bout bite, with pair appearing to have made up in staged advertisement.

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield
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THAT MOMENT: Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield's ear in a world heavyweight title fight in 1997.

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Seventeen years after biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear during their world heavyweight title fight, Mike Tyson has been asked to oversee his great rival's induction into Nevada boxing's Hall of Fame.

And Tyson has agreed to handle the August 9 ceremony in Las Vegas, telling ESPN it would be "a privilege and high honour".

Holyfield entered into the mood, saying: "That's great."

Hall of Fame organisers described the move to bring the pair together in the boxing capital as "sheer magic".

Their 1997 rematch remained one of the most controversial in the history of the sport with a fired-up Tyson losing the plot and turning cannibal during the third round. He was subsequently disqualified for his meltdown.

The pair have already put their differences aside, appearing in a recent TV commercial in the United States that was a spoof of the famous biting incident.

"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," Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame president Rich Marotta said.

Tyson was inducted last year. Other greats to be honoured next month included George Foreman and Roberto Duran.

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