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Read a totally unbiased opinion on the Tyson Holyfield fight :

I'm getting quite tired of the media trashing Mike in the newspaper and on television. Why does the fact that he went to jail has to be repeated and make Tyson look like a modern day criminal? Even though I believe the charges against him were bogus, that is beside the point, that is not the issue here. Mike served his time in jail regardless and since he has been out of jail he has donated his time and money in many ways to society. What goes on in the ring, in a professional boxing match, should stay in the ring. This was a boxing match, everyone seems to be overlooking that, not a synchronized swimming meet. Boxing is a contact sport, only the two contenders truly know how much tension and frustration they endure before they even step into the ring. Everybody seems to have alot to say about Mike's bite, but I would like the public to realize that this is not the first incident of biting in a boxing match... as well as Holyfield already knows. I would like to see the archives of the Holyfield vs. Winters match for the Georgia Golden Gloves tournament in Atlanta, February 2, 1980. Holyfield, in round 3, intentionally spit out his mouth piece and locked his jaw on Winters right shoulder, breaking the skin and drawing blood. So was Holyfield ever dragged through the media as being "barbaric and savage" as everyone is making Tyson appear to be? Obviously what's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. ("When the goose does it its good and when the gander does it he gets slandered?!") Every boxer knows that anything can happen in the ring after the bell sounds. I agree with the general public's opinion that Mike's actions were quite shocking, however the real issue i'm here to make is that Mike's actions were not premeditated. His tolerance of Holyfield's intentional, continuous head butting obviously took its toll on Tyson Saturday night. Not too many people, not to mention professional boxers, could or would sustain so many blows to the head through three rounds, being overlooked by the professional referee that is supposed to be there to protect both boxers. In my opinion, if someone should be banned from boxing over this it should be Mills Lane for his poor judgment as a ref to stop Holyfield from head butting in the first or second round. Tyson wouldn't have felt compelled to resort to what he did if Mills Lane controlled the fight from the beginning. Has Mills Lane been in boxing so long that he has forgotten that head butting is also an illegal move? An accidental head butt is one thing, they do happen here and there, but not continuously through three rounds. Why was Holyfield not ever warned through rounds one, two or three? Perhaps we need to interview Mills Lane to find out just what is legal in today's boxing. The question of how long Tyson should be banned from boxing is utterly ridiculous. Was Holyfield career ever put on the line when he bit Jakey Winters??!! Is all this being addressed today because of Tyson's reputation? If he was a choir boy while growing up would the public be so critical of him? Sure he made his mistakes in the past but he is a boxer and I do not see any relevance between what happened in his youth to what just happened in the ring Saturday night. I think that the only way to resolve this issue is to have a rematch with a reputable referee that will not tolerate any illegal moves from either boxer. I think that it was Holyfield's plan to head butt Tyson as long as he could get away with it... and it seems that Mills Lane let him do just that. Holyfield came out in round one head first and the only damage done to Tyson was made by Holyfield's head. Personally I believe that Tyson should not be banned from boxing. The spectacle Saturday night cannot and should not be placed solely on Tyson's shoulders.


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