A Moroccan boxer tried to chew his opponent’s ear throughout a heavyweight match on Tuesday.
Youness Baalla’s try to latch on to David Nyika’s ear failed whereas the pair have been clinched collectively late in their 81- to 91-kilogram preliminary match on Tuesday. Nyika, 25, of New Zealand went on to win the match by unanimous choice and advance to the lads’s quarterfinals.
“He didn’t get a full mouthful,” Nyika mentioned. “Fortunately he had his mouth guard in, and I used to be a bit sweaty.” Whereas the referee missed the chew try in the course of the match, it was caught on TV cameras.
In response to his profile on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics web site, Baalla, 22, was ranked No. 17 within the males’s heavyweight 91-kilogram class on the 2019 World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia. That very same yr, in response to the profile, he was ranked No. 2 within the heavyweight division on the African Video games in Rabat, Morocco.
Baalla, who’s from Casablanca, secured a spot on the Moroccan nationwide workforce on the 2020 African Olympic qualification event in Dakar, Senegal.
“I don’t have the proper phrases to explain actually what I’m feeling,” Baalla mentioned on the time, in response to the Olympics live-blog that lined the African qualifiers. “I’m going to Olympics! I educated so laborious, you possibly can’t think about what I do for this.”
After the match, officers disqualified Baalla from the Tokyo Video games.
Baalla’s desperation transfer was paying homage to Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield’s ears throughout a heavyweight championship battle in Las Vegas in 1997. Tyson was disqualified within the third spherical, and Holyfield wanted stitches to restore the tip of 1 ear.