TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale of the Tape: Luis Suárez vs. Mike Tyson

Tuesday’s Italy/Uruguay game shook the world not because surprising outcomes but because of “the bite.” For the third time is his career, Luis Suárez bit an opposing player. This time it was the shoulder of Italian defenseman Giorgio Chiellini. The bite is likely to earn Suárez a hefty ban and could see him out of the World Cup for good, but was it worse than the bite Mike Tyson took out of the ear of Evander Holyfield? We’ll find out in this Tale of the Tape.

 

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Luis Suárez
Mike Tyson
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Holyfield v Tyson II
History
Winner It's the third time Luis Suárez bit someone while on the field. In 2010 he bit Otman Bakkal while playing in Holland, and in 2013 he bit the arm of Branislov Ivanovic in an English Premier League match.
This was the first time Mike Tyson ever bit someone, but it wasn't the first shocking incident involving the boxer.
Magnitude
The Suárez bite occurred in the final game of the group stage at the World Cup. Uruguay went on to win the match after Suárez was not penalized on the field for the incident.
Winner Tyson's bite cost him his title as the undisputed heavyweight title.
Injury
Giorgio Chiellini complained like a classic Italian, but in the end he wasn't really hurt.
Winner Evander Holyfield had to retrieve the piece of his ear Mike Tyson bit off and attempt to have it stitched back on.
Career Impact
Yet to be seen, but he may never play in another World Cup game.
Winner Mike Tyson never won the heavyweight title again.
Impact On Sport
Winner The bite took away from what was an otherwise excellent match and a fantastic group stage of the World Cup.
Tyson's bite may have actually gained his sport popularity and it is still an iconic moment in sports history.

The Winner Is

Holyfield v Tyson II
Winner Mike Tyson
3 out of 5

Mike Tyson's wins by a nose, or really a piece of an ear.

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