Roy Jones Jr.’s ears must be burning, as his manager has announced he is taking out an insurance policy before the fighter’s bout against ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson on September 12 to prevent exactly that happening.
Jones Jr.’s Russian manager Zsolt Barna is anticipating a repeat of Tyson’s ill-tempered and ill-fated 1997 rematch against all-time great Evander Holyfield in which the ‘baddest man on the planet’ bit chunks from each of Holyfield’s ears.
In a statement, Barna says he deems it necessary to insure against a “possible extraordinary case” of Tyson damaging Jones Jr.’s lugholes by means outside the Marquess of Queensberry rules of boxing in their upcoming matchup.
After being battered in their first meeting in 1996, in which Tyson lost his WBA heavyweight title by 11th-round TKO, Tyson gnawed pieces from both of Holyfield’s ears in the return fight a year later, allegedly in retaliation to head-butting by the new champion. (RT)