Holyfield Sells Gloves From Tyson Ear-Bite Fight After Home Sale

Evander Holyfield is selling the boxing gloves from the heavyweight bout in which Mike Tyson bit off part of his ear, auctioning medals, championship belts and other memorabilia after losing his home to foreclosure.

Holyfield’s bronze medal from the 1984 Olympics also will be included in the sale, according to an e-mailed statement from the Beverly Hills, California-based Julien’s Auctions, which is handling the transactions.

Holyfield, 49, moved out of his 109-room home in Fairburn, Georgia, this month after it was sold for $7.5 million in a March foreclosure auction, according to the New York Daily News. He owed more than $14 million on the house, the newspaper said, and owes in excess of $372,000 in child support, according to Yahoo. He’s earned around $250 million during his career, Yahoo said.

Holyfield is 44-10-2 in his professional career, with 29 victories coming via knockout. He won titles in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, with victories over Tyson, George Foreman, Larry Holmes and Riddick Bowe. He last fought in July 2011, when he beat Brian Nielsen in 10 rounds.

In June 1997, Tyson and Holyfield met in Las Vegas for a rematch of their 1996 fight, when Holyfield won Tyson’s World Boxing Association heavyweight title. Known as the “Bite Fight,” Tyson was disqualified in the third round after he bit off a piece of Holyfield’s right ear.

The auction also include over 20 pairs of fight-worn gloves, robes and trunks; championship rings and belts; and autographed posters, according to the release.

The auction, which has over 500 items, also includes parts of Holyfield’s life outside of boxing, including furniture, clothing, jewelry and his red 1962 Chevrolet Corvette.

The items will be sold in two sessions on Nov. 30. Bidders can participate in person, online or over telephone, according to the statement

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