Kid Bassie

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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.

PHOTO: AN­TO­NIO MUCHAVE / SOWETAN PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

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