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Boxer Edgar Berlanga ruffled some feathers on Saturday with a Mike Tyson reference following his unanimous determination victory over Roamer Alexis Angulo.
The tremendous middleweight fighter appeared to attempt to chew Angulo within the seventh spherical of the bout. Video confirmed Berlanga attempting to gnaw at Angulo’s left shoulder. He would clarify his actions after choosing up the victory.
“It was as a result of he was throwing elbows. I used to be about to do a Mike Tyson on him. He stored throwing elbows. I didn’t wish to get reduce. I used to be able to chew him [like] Mike Tyson,” he mentioned, through MMA Junkie.
Berlanga’s comment didn’t sit effectively with some and he issued an apology in a collection of tweets.
“I wish to apologize for my actions and what I mentioned yesterday concerning the Mike Tyson chew. I used to be within the second and bought a little bit forward of myself. It doesn’t take away from the embarrassment that I’ve triggered upon myself, my crew, prime ranks, and lots of others,” he wrote.
“I reacted poorly and take full accountability. Transferring ahead, I’m going to be extra conscious and inspiring in my habits. As soon as once more, I do apologize.”
The notorious Tyson chew occurred in his second struggle towards Evander Holyfield in 1997. Tyson bit a one-inch chunk of Holyfield’s ear off and spit it out. Tyson was later disqualified. He would say in later interviews the chew was in retaliation to a number of headbutts from Holyfield.
Berlanga moved to 20-0 with the victory. He’s at the moment the WBO North American Boxing Group tremendous middleweight champion. He picked up the title in October 2021.