In honor of Mark Hominick’s acquisition of a gigantic forehead this past weekend, here’s a collection of some of the worst beatings in the history of fighting sports. Of course, I’m sure worse beatings have been both doled out and taken, but we wanted to give you, dear reader, graphic evidence of these beatings. Plus, the more these pictures show, the less I have to write. You know the adage. Anyway, here’s why your mom wanted you to apply to law school instead of joining that boxing gym. Do it for mom. These sports are dangerous.
9. Evander Holyfield – 1997
Let’s start with the low-hanging fruit here. It was a 1997 title bout that had Tyson actually consumed part of Evander Holyfield’s ear. Ok, so he didn’t swallow it, but if you asked him, he could probably tell you what it tasted like. Tyson’s career was on the downslope, but he was still a formidable fighter who was very much in the fight. He bit off a piece of Evander’s ear, and had two points deducted. This was probably for the sake of preventing a riot at the MGM Grand Casino. Anyway, Tyson did the exact same thing again after the bell rang, the fight was called, people rioted, and I’m pretty sure it left Holyfield hearing slightly better out of his left ear than his right.