American boxer Edgar Barlanga has apologized for his “Mike Tyson bite” at a moment that shocked commentators and the boxing world.
In a super middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden, Barlanga defeated Alexis Angulo by a unanimous decision, but instead of sending fans home to see his boxing prowess on a stacked card on Puerto Rican Day in the United States, those who saw the bout were surprised. How the officers let him win the fight.
In the seventh round, Barlanga, 25, was seen trying to bite Angulo several times – once on the shoulder and then on the ear again. Not bothered by his actions, the Brooklyn-based fighter seemed embarrassed about the incident after the fight.
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“He was throwing elbows. I was going to do Mike Tyson on him,” Barlanga told ESPN in his post-war interview. “He kept throwing his elbow and pushing it out. I didn’t want to cut.”
Although Barlanga did not pull out a piece from Angolo’s ear – as Tyson did in the right ear of Evander Hollyfield during their 1997 heavyweight title fight – things could have gone differently if his opponent had not moved quickly.
Moreover, Barlanga was lucky that he came out of the ring as a winner instead of dealing with incompetence from the referee, who was close to the event.
Barlanga did not realize the gravity of the moment after the fight, but the next day he quickly apologized.
“I want to apologize for my actions and for what I said yesterday about the Mike Tyson bite. I was in the moment and a little ahead of myself. Rank and many more, “he wrote in a tweet.
“I reacted badly and took full responsibility,” he added. “Going forward, I’m going to be more aware and motivated in my behavior. Again, I’m sorry.”
Undefeated welterweight champion Terrence Crawford responded by tweeting “Hal he tried to bite her” with three funny emojis, while boxing writers also highlighted how lucky Barlanga was to win.
It was Barlanga’s fourth win in a row after a unanimous decision to knock out 16 in the first round to start his career.
Angulo, 38, fought twice for the Super Middleweight title, losing to David Benavidez in a unanimous decision in 2020 and to Gilberto Ramirez in 2018.
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