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Fangs of fury: Suarez finds new fan in Tyson!

Last updated on: April 22, 2013 12:20 IST

Fangs of fury: Suarez finds new fan in Tyson!

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Luis Suarez has a new brother in arms in former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.

-Suarez shows appetite for trouble, bites Chelsea defender

Tyson, who famously bit the ear of Evander Holyfield during a 1997 world heavyweight title fight, began following Suarez on Twitter after the Liverpool striker sunk his teeth into the arm of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during an English Premier League match on Sunday.

According to Tyson's profile page on Twitter, he made Uruguayan Suarez his 432nd and most recent follow.


Image: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson grapple. (Right) Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Kevin Friend after Liverpool's Luis Suarez bit him
Photographs: Jamie Squire/Allsport/Getty Images and Phil Noble/Reuters

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I'm so sorry: Suarez

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Suarez, who faces an investigation by English soccer authorities for his actions, apologised for his behaviour.

"I'm sad for what happened this afternoon," he said on Twitter. "I apologize to Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I'm so sorry about it!!"


Image: Luis Suarez
Photographs: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

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From 'Real Deal' to 'Meal Deal'

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Tyson, now 46, took a chunk out of Holyfield's right ear in the third round of a bout in Las Vegas in June 1997, after which Holyfield, nicknamed the "Real Deal", became known as the "Meal Deal".

Tyson, currently touring the United States with his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth", was disqualified from the fight and fined $3 million.

Suarez's afternoon ended on a more satisfying note as he scored a stoppage-time header to salvage a 2-2 draw for Liverpool.


Image: A close-up of the injury to the right ear of Evander Holyfield
Photographs: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

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