Moroccan boxer Youness Baalla just did his best Mike Tyson impression during a heavyweight clash with New Zealand’s David Nyika at Tokyo 2020.
In the third round of a 5-0 defeat to Nyika, Baalla was seen trying to bite his opponent’s ear, prompting memories of Tyson’s iconic nibble on Evander Holyfield in 1997.
While Tyson infamously drew blood by biting a chunk of flesh from his opponent, and suffered a host of consequences, this incident wasn’t quite so dramatic, with two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nyika escaping the brunt of the bite.
Baalla, presumably frustrated with his opponent’s dominance, went unpunished by the referee and their first-round Olympic bout was allowed to reach a full conclusion, with the offender eventually suffering a heavy defeat.
When asked about the incident, eventual winner Nyika said: “Did you see that? I don’t think the ref saw it. She was the closest one.
“He didn’t get a full mouthful. Luckily he had his mouthguard in and I was a bit sweaty.
“I don’t remember what I said to him but I gave him a little bit of a cheek.
“I have been bitten once on the chest before at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“But c’mon man, this is the Olympics!”
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