Moroccan boxer nearly bite opponent
The Olympic boxing took a ferocious turn yesterday as Moroccan Youness Baalla tried to savagely bite his opponent’s ear.
The 22-year-old attempted the bite after falling behind on a day to forget as he eventually crumbled to a 5-0 loss to New Zealand’s David Nyika.
Nyika, who was one of New Zealand’s flag bearers at the Games opening ceremony, escaped from the incident unharmed to secure a quarter-final spot against Uladzislau Smiahlikau of Belarus.
The unsavoury incident brought back memories of the infamous night in 1997 when Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear in a world heavyweight title fight.
That proved one of the sport’s most dramatic nights ever. The American was subsequently banned from professional boxing.
“He wouldn’t exchange properly,” Nyika said following the Olympic incident: “He ducked his head, he bit me, and he hit me below the belt.
“I didn’t think he’d get away with it. He tried to bite my cheekbone – he probably just got a mouthful of sweat.”
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