Mike Tyson bite prediction which came true against Evander Holyfield

Mike Tyson's biting of Evander Holyfield's ear in 1997 came as a shocking surprise to most onlookers.

But one man, Tyson's former trainer Teddy Atlas had predicted that exact outcome 24 hours before the two rivals walked to the ring.

"He's going to get himself disqualified," Atlas told reporters. "He'll bite Holyfield. He'll butt him. He'll hit him low. He'll do something if he don't get him early with a lucky shot.

"I know this guy. He's got this all set up in his mind. The way out. That's the only way he can face it. That's what this is all about."

A year after he had been stopped by Holyfield in their first meeting, Tyson again struggled with the champion's sheer physicality.

Feeling backed into a corner, he took two bites, one out of each ear before the fight was stopped and a melee ensued.

Tyson was later banned from boxing for 15 months and the latter part of his career proved largely forgetful.

And after the shocking scenes, Atlas said: "I know the nature of this guy. His whole life has been a farce. His whole life has been an edge. His whole life has been having people protect him, having a way out of facing the real thing.

"When he didn't have that, he found a way to get out and his way of getting out, the reason he faced this fight, was he knew that he was going to do this.

"I told you he might bite him, he might head-butt him, he might elbow him. He knew this. That's why he went forward with this fight.

"As soon as he saw Holyfield was going to be the same guy and he wasn't going to be lucky with a punch – which he tried – then he went in and did this, which he planned to do, to get out.

"He'll be able to say yeah he's an animal. He doesn't mind that in his world. That's winning. That's glorification. That really is prestige in his world. It really is. And that's what he planned to do.

"He's a piece of garbage, but more important he's a coward. He's a weak person. He did what weak people do. He found a way out he could live with in his world. He went in there only because he knew this was an option."

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