The fight began with Holyfield having the upper hand in the fight. He pummeled Tyson for the first two rounds. One notable part of the fight was when Holyfield headbutted Tyson, but the referee ruled that it was an accident and therefore not punishable. Tyson was unhappy with this and with his performance thus far in the fight, so he went to his corner at the end of the second round upset.
Tyson came into the third round without his mouth piece. The referee ordered him to put it back in and he did so. When the two boxers got tied up Tyson spit out his mouthpiece and bit a one inch chunk out of Holyfield's ear and spit it on the ground. Holyfiled writhed in pain, but the fight continued. They got tied up again and Tyson bit his ear again, but this time the referee saw what happened and disqualified Tyson, therefore ending the fight.
After the fight, Tyson's boxing license was temporarily suspended and his reputation was tarnished more than it already was. Additionally, he had to pay fines and legal costs. In the documentary about his life called Tyson, Tyson insisted that he only bit Holyfield's ear to get even for the headbutting. In 2009, Tyson publicly apologized to Holyfield and Holyfield accepted.