A moment of madness has shocked the Olympic Boxing after Morrocco’s Youness Baalla attempted to bite New Zealand’s David Nyika’s ear during their bout.
The Kiwi was in complete control – winning 5 – 0 – when the frustration proved too much for Baalla who attempted to bite his ear in the final round amid a barrage of foul play.
“He wouldn’t exchange properly; he ducked his head, he bit me, he hit me below the belt,” Nyika said.
“I didn’t think he’d get away with it. He tried to bite my cheekbone…he probably just got a mouthful of sweat,” Nyika said.
“He didn’t get a full mouthful. Luckily he had his mouthguard in and I was a bit sweaty… But c’mon man this is the Olympics, get your sh*t together.
“He’s been on the scene for a while but he’s usually a calm, composed character. That happened and I was like, ‘I thought we were having fun’, but he clearly wasn’t.
“My bad. I told him after, ‘it’s OK’. He wasn’t happy. He wasn’t too chuffed. That was foul play.”
Nyika’s coach Billy Meehan was furious anyone would attempt this at such a high level.
“Not at this level. You don’t expect to see that. You don’t expect to get that and David handled it brilliantly.he told Sky.
Nyika is one fight away from securing New Zealand’s first boxing medal since 1992.
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