Ivan Redkach whispered ‘Mike Tyson’ before biting Danny Garcia in welterweight clash


Ivan Redkach said ‘Mike Tyson’ to his opponent Danny Garcia before biting him in their welterweight fight.

Garcia beat Redkach by unanimous decision with a dominant performance to take his record to 36 wins to two losses.

But the fight was overshadowed by Redkach’s shocking behaviour, which saw the Ukrainian boxer bite Garcia in Mike Tyson-style.

Tyson famously bit Evander Holyfield in their second fight back in June 1997, which gave Holyfield the victory as Tyson was disqualified.

The iconic heavyweight clash has since been called ‘The Bite Fight’ and is one of the most famous in heavyweight boxing history.

Unlike Mike Tyson, however, Redkach was not disqualified during this fight and was allowed to continue after being warned by the referee.

Garcia dominated for most of the fight, landing significant body and headshots during the ninth round. After hitting Redkach with a stunning right hand late in the round, Redkach responded by teasing Garcia to come forward.

But Redkach struggled to land many significant shots and was overpowered by the American’s speed and accuracy.

Garcia’s dominance was awarded with a unanimous win at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the judges scoring it 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.

Although he was outclassed for large periods during the fight, Redkach managed to avoid being knocked out for the third time in his career.

The 33-year-old southpaw has previously been knocked out by John Molina Jr and Dejan Zlaticanin.

He has also lost three times on points decisions, meaning his record after the Garcia fight is 23 wins to five losses.

Danny Garcia v Ivan Redkach

It remains to be seen whether Ivan Redkach will face disciplinary action for his behaviour. Although Garcia was shocked during the fight, he seemed more relaxed about the bite after the fight.

He said in a post-fight interview: “That’s my first time ever getting bit in a fight. [These] things happen, though”.

Danny Garcia is now lining up a fight against Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, who holds the WBA welterweight belt, or Errol Spence Jr, who holds the IBF and WBC belts.

It is unclear whom Ivan Redkach will fight next.

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