Mike Tyson explains why he “wanted to kill” Evander Holyfield during rematch

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Mike Tyson was so furious with Evander Holyfield's tactics that he wanted "to kill him".

Holyfield beat Tyson in 1996 with an 11th-round stoppage before Tyson was disqualified in their rematch the following year.

The former "baddest man on the planet" took a chunk out of his rival's ear in their second meeting and was later banned from boxing.

And as he prepares to return to the ring against Roy Jones Jr next weekend, Tyson has revealed he was angered by Holyfield using his head in their two fights.

"No, I bit him because I wanted to kill him," Tyson told Fox News. "I was really mad about my head being bumped and everything. I really lost consciousness of the whole fight. It took me out of my fight plan and everything.

"Listen, good or bad, I'm not going to let anyone take my glory. So, I’m going to confront everything that I have to confront… Hey listen, I done it. I got to handle the responsibility of it. That was my glory. And I took responsibility for it."

When asked if he would do the same if he was in that position again, Tyson added: "I hope not.

"I say, 'No, never ever again' but I might do it again. Well if he does what he was doing to get bitten, I would bite him again, yeah."

(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

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Tyson will fight for the first time in 15 years when he clashes with fellow ring legend Jones Jr in Los Angeles.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion was last seen retiring on his stool after the fifth round of his fight with Kevin McBride in 2005.

He and Jones Jr will fight over eight rounds in what has been officially termed an exhibition bout, much to the chagrin of both men.

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