‘He tried to bite my nipple’ – Kevin McBride reveals Mike Tyson fought dirty to try and avoid defeat

After landing flush and not dropping Kevin McBride, Mike Tyson tried different ways to inflict damage on the Monaghan big man.

The last man to step in the ring with the heavyweight legend and the fifth to secure victory over the vicious phenom, claims Tyson went dirty when he felt things were not going his way.

The Clones heavy points out the former heavyweight champion of the world tried to break his arm and bite his nipple.

In a recent interview with The Mail McBride revealed after taking Tyson’s best the American resorted to out illegal moves to try get a foothold.

“I remember to this day he hit me so hard in the sixth it was like leprechauns playing drums in my head,” McBride said.

“On instinct I said, ‘Is that all you got? You’re in trouble’. That is when he tried things. First he got my left arm in a hold and tried to break it. He tried to bite my nipple. Thank God he had his mouthpiece in — otherwise I’d be the Irishman with one nipple.”

The fight which played out in 2005 was to be Tyson’s last and it was a crowning moment for the Irish big man.

McBride never really capitalized or cashed in on the victory – and whilst he admits he defeated a past his best Tyson, it remains a big win and one he takes pride in.

“I’m dancing and delighted and at the same time. I know that wasn’t the Tyson of his prime, but I fought the man on the night and won.”

To add to the occasion the New York based retired fighter got to have a memorable exchange with one Mohamed Ali.

“Next thing I know, I have Ali throwing pretend punches at me, saying ‘I’m the greatest, you’re the latest’. A dream.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]