Morocco’s Youness Baalla attempted to bite the ear of his rival, New Zealand’s David Nyika, during their heavyweight round of 16 boxing bout at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, reported Reuters.
Video shows Nyika swerving to avoid Baalla’s chomp:
The incident, reminiscent of Tyson’s infamous 1997 biting off of Evander Holyfield’s ear, appeared to go unnoticed by officials.
“He didn’t get a full mouthful. Luckily he had his mouthguard in and I was a bit sweaty,” Nyika said after the bout.
Twitter users condemned the foul play.
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