Moroccan boxer tries to bite opponent in Tokyo Olympics defeat

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 27 2021 09:56 PM

Moroccan boxer tries to bite opponent in Tokyo Olympics defeat 1
David Nyika of New Zealand in action against Youness Baalla of Morocco. Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters

Moroccan heavyweight boxer Youness Baalla attempted to bite David Nyika's ear during his defeat to the New Zealander at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old was subsequently disqualified for unsportsmanlike behaviour, although he was already out of the Games anyway following his unanimous-points loss in the round-of-16 bout.

A Tokyo 2020 statement called Baalla's actions "intolerable", saying that he "very clearly intended to bite the ear/face of his opponent in the third round of the bout".

Footage shows Baalla trying to bite Nyika's right ear as the two boxers hold each other.

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