Olympic boxer Youness Baalla went full Mike Tyson in his quest for gold as he attempted to bite his opponent’s ear.
The shocking moment of madness occurred this morning when the Moroccan lost it after his New Zealand rival David Nyika proved too much for him in the last-16 of the heavyweight tournament.
The Kiwi was in complete control and winning 5-0 when Baalla’s frustration boiled over.
And the 22-year-old amazingly tried to bite Nyika’s ear during the final round amid a barrage of foul play as his Tokyo 2020 dream ended in disgusting circumstances.
Nyika said afterward: “He wouldn’t exchange properly; he ducked his head, he bit me, he hit me below the belt.
“I didn’t think he’d get away with it. He tried to bite my cheekbone…he probably just got a mouthful of sweat.
“He didn’t get a full mouthful. Luckily he had his mouthguard in and I was a bit sweaty… But, c’mon man, this is the Olympics, get your s**t together.”
Nyika, 25, added: “He’s been on the scene for a while, but he’s usually a calm, composed character.
“That happened and I was like, ‘I thought we were having fun’, but he clearly wasn’t.
“My bad. I told him after, ‘it’s OK’. He wasn’t happy. He wasn’t too chuffed. That was foul play.”
Nyika’s coach Billy Meehan struggled to contain his fury afterwards.
And he was amazed that anyone would attempt a stunt like that at such a high level.
Meehan said: “Not at this level. You don’t expect to see that.
“You don’t expect to get that and David handled it brilliantly.”
Nyika is now just one fight away from securing New Zealand’s first boxing medal since 1992.
He will face Belarus star Uladzislau Smiahlikau on Friday in the quarters.
Mike Tyson was unforgettably disqualified in his world heavyweight title fight with Evander Holyfield back in 1996 for biting a chunk out of his rival’s ear on one of the sport’s most dramatic nights ever.
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