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Lot # 5: 1997 Evander Holyfield Fight Worn Gloves from Infamous Mike Tyson "Bite Fight" (ex-Holyfield Collection)

Starting Bid: $10,000.00

Bids: 25 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer Classic 2022",
which ran from 8/28/2022 7:00 PM to
9/17/2022 10:00 PM



Presented is no less than one of the most significant pair of boxing gloves in the sport's modern history. Even a quarter-century later, the Heavyweight rematch between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson remains one of the most famous - or perhaps, infamous - bouts in boxing history. On November 9, 1996, champ Tyson and former-champ Holyfield squared off for the first time, with the latter proving to be the "The Real Deal" in knocking down "Iron Mike" en route to a mildly controversial 7-round TKO. Just seven months later, on June 28, 1997, the two squared off again in a highly-anticipated rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Holyfield gained the early advantage, again frustrating Tyson, who accused his foe of head-butting as he had in the earlier fight. In the 3rd round, Tyson stunned the boxing world by biting a chunk out of Holyfield's ear before proceeding to bite the other later in the round, causing a disqualification. These crisp, red Everlast gloves were worn by The Real Deal in that landmark contest, with Everlast logo sewn on each cuff, and a screened logo in white. Each has written on the cuff logo in black marker, "Holyfield #1." Light but definite use shown, not surprising as the bout lasted just those three rounds. A remarkable piece of pugilistic history. Solid provenance; property from the life and career of Evander Holyfield, these were previously sold at an auction where Holyfield consigned his personal pieces

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