Tyson the punch line (1997)

After his release from prison, Tyson attempted to mount a boxing comeback. He won World Boxing Assn. and World Boxing Council titles, but lost his WBC title in court and then his WBA title in the ring to Evander Holyfield in 1996. Their rematch ended with a notably more savage Tyson biting off part of Holyfield's ear in the ring. That grisly act turned Tyson from a tragic figure into a grotesque and comic figure, as evidenced by comedians such as Carrot Top (above) working gags about the incident into their acts.
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