Super-middleweight boxer Edgar Berlanga has been banned from the sport for six months after he sensationally bit his opponent Roamer Alexis Angulo during their fight at Madison Square Garden earlier this month.
American Berlanga has also been hit with a £8,000 ($10k) fine for his shocking behaviour, which was not picked up by the referee at the time of the incident.
The 25-year-old eventually won his match via unanimous decision, with scores of 98-92, 99-91, 99-91.
Known as ‘The Chosen One’, Berlanga is unbeaten in his career – with 20 straight victories, 16 coming by way of knockout – but this setback will cost him a place at a high-profile boxing event run by Top Rank and ESPN later this year.
When the incident was first put to Berlanga in the immediate aftermath of the fight, he brushed off the accusation and claimed Angulo had been ‘throwing elbows’, but said he was ‘about to do a Mike Tyson on him’ – referencing the shock night when heavyweight icon Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997.
‘He was throwing elbows. I was about to do a Mike Tyson on him,’ he said. ‘He kept throwing his elbows, and I didn’t want to get cut.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Oli Gamp