A Moroccan boxer was disqualified Tuesday for taking a page out of Mike Tyson’s playbook — trying to chomp down on his opponent’s ear.
Youness Baalla was trailing by points when he leaned in toward New Zealand’s David Nyika’s right ear with his mouth open wide, wildly reminiscent of Tyson’s infamous 1997 bite that ripped off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s lobe.
“Oooh, hello — now then,” a shocked-sounding commentator on Eurosport said as Nyika, 25, snapped his head away from his fellow heavyweight’s jaws and complained to the ref.
“He almost lost the plot completely there. That could have been an act of absolute madness,” the commentator said — as the ref simply resumed the fight.
Baalla, 22, had already lost, but he was disqualified after the fight for his “intolerable action” after Olympic officials ruled he “very clearly intended to bite the ear/face of his opponent,” New Zealand’s Stuff noted.
Nyika told a reporter for 1 News in his native New Zealand that luckily his rival “didn’t get a full mouthful” even though he bit his cheekbone.
“Luckily he had his mouthguard in and I was a bit sweaty… But c’mon man this is the Olympics, get your s–t together,” he complained.
He made light of the moment later, sharing a photo of the attempted chomp and writing, “Somebody’s got a sweet-tooth 🍬.”
Baalla, however, later complained about getting hate messages following the bout.
“To all the people coming from New Zealand … with all my respect to this country but you’re not showing respect to yourselves,” Baalla wrote on his Instagram stories.
“I will not answer any bad DM or comment from you and sorry I have big things waiting for me.”
Nyika later defended his opponent, telling fans to not “reach out to him if you have nothing nice to say.”
“The heat of battle can bring the best AND the worst out of people. This is part of sport.
“I have nothing but respect for my opponent and can appreciate the frustration he must have felt,” Nyika wrote.
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