title fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in 1997.
That bout, later infamously dubbed “the bite fight”, achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre in boxing history after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear.
Tyson was disqualified and lost his boxing licence, though it was later reinstated.
Buqwana grins as he says he was part of the bigger picture as a judge during that clash.
His eyes light up as he shows me one of the pictures of that encounter that hangs on the wall in his house alongside many other shots of him officiating.
“This fight was the best for me as an official, and I don’t forget about it. I was given a special invitation by the WBA to officiate in it,” he says.
“The fact that I was close by when the two fighters mixed it up and tore each other up – until Tyson bit a chunk out of Holyfield’s ear – was memorable.”
At his ripe age, Kid Bassie has seen it all in boxing and believes South African boxing has improved over the years.
“It is heartening to see that there are so many world and national champions these days. It shows that boxing is thriving,” he says.
Hopefully, he will be invited to future bouts so that he can watch from the stands.
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