New Zealand boxer David Nikia, in his fight against Moroccan Younes Baala, in the Olympic heavyweight competitions, was subjected to an attempt to bite, before he settled the match in his favour.
Nikia, the holder of two gold medals in the Commonwealth Games, won the first two rounds easily, and caused Ba’ala to suffer with his quick successive kicks.
The 22-year-old Moroccan boxer lost his cool and tried to bite Nikia’s ear during the boxers’ convergence in the third round, but Nikia managed to turn his head away in time, Reuters reported.
The fight continued, and Nikia, who participated in carrying the New Zealand flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday, won 5-0, to qualify for the quarter-finals, but he was surprised that the referee did not witness the incident.
“Did you see that?” said Nikia, 25. I don’t think the referee saw that,” he said, adding: “He couldn’t put his mouth full. Fortunately he was wearing a mouthguard, and I had a lot of sweat. I don’t remember what I said to him, but I said some bad words to him.”
“I was bitten once before in the chest during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, but the strange thing is that this happens in the Olympics,” he continued.