Tyson, Holyfield meet again — years after the infamous ‘Bite Fight’

Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-17 18:25:38-05
Tyson, Holyfield

From the infamous 1997 rematch later dubbed the “Bite Fight”.

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield met Saturday in Chicago but the two were all smiles this time.

Once arch enemies inside the ring, the two came together as friends at the Jewel-Osco supermarket on the South Side of Chicago to sign autographs.

Holyfield was also there promoting his line of barbecue sauce, while Tyson was in town performing his one-man show.

”I just wanted to see Evander, man,” Tyson told the Associated Press. ”I love Evander. I’m forever linked with him for the rest of my life.”

Mike Tyson carries himself as a decidedly different man in 2013 than he did in 1997, when he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a rematch of their first fight.

”We’re both at a stage in our lives where we can work together and make really a good thing happen,” Tyson said. ”He’s a beautiful person. I’ve known Evander since I was 15.”

From Brooklyn to Broadway, Tyson’s one-man introspective performance covers his life starting as a young knockout artist on the streets of New York, to his rocky relationship with ex-wife Robin Givens and promoter Don King, to the rape conviction that put him behind bars for three years.