Author's note: I'll try to resist any ear puns in this article.
It's been 17 years since Mike Tyson tried to bite Evander Holyfield's ear off in the third round of their second fight at the MGM in Vegas. On August 9th, Tyson will merely bend Holyfield's ear (SORRY couldn't resist) when he gives the presentation speech for Holyfield's induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
NVBHOF president and all-around nice guy Rich Marotta told ESPN's Dan Rafael he's looking forward to "former and even current rivals coming together under the same roof to celebrate boxing. Everyone checks those rivalries at the door. Tyson presenting Holyfield is sheer magic."
Other inductees this year include Sonny Liston, George Forman, Richard Steele, and "The Colonel" Bob Sheridan who's being inducted in the "Most Fashionable Eyewear" category.
The NVBHOF's mission is to "connect with non-profits", host events, and preserve the history of boxing in Nevada, which is all well and good. On the other hand, having multiple Halls kinda cheapens things. But if any sport is going to do it, it's boxing!
So, which joke do you think Mike will lead with: "I just flew in from Atlanta and boy are my arms tired," or "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears..." SORRY couldn't resist.