Moroccan heavyweight boxer, Youness Balla, has been disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics after he attempted to bite the ears of his opponent, David Nyika.
Youness Balla was immediately disqualified for unsportsmanlike behavior, 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.
Speaking of the incident, Nyika, a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist said he was shocked the referee had missed the scene.
In his words;
“Did you see that? I don’t think the ref saw it. She was the closest one,” he revealed. “He didn’t get a full mouthful. Luckily he had his mouthguard in and I was a bit sweaty. I don’t remember what I said to him but I gave him a little bit of a cheek”.