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Holyfield’s not sweet on idea of Tyson ear-bite candy

September 13, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Evander Holyfield isn’t too sweet on a candy maker’s latest creation _ ear-shaped chocolates that have Mike Tyson-sized bites taken out of them.

The heavyweight champ’s lawyers have sent the Candy Factory, a cease-and-desist letter to halt sales of the ``Earvander-Tyson Bites.″

Candy Factory owner Frank Sheftel started selling the chocolates soon after the June 28 fight in which Tyson was disqualified after biting off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear.

Sheftel said Friday he won’t stop selling the ears, even if it means a tussle in court.

``This is a symbolic gesture,″ he said, picking up one of the pairs of red boxing gloves he keeps on a counter. ``I can take it, what do they say, from ringside to courtside? But I’m hoping it won’t go that far.″

Sheftel said he has sold about 300 boxed pairs of chocolate ears and made about $600 profit.

The letter from Holyfield’s lawyers accuses Sheftel of using the champ’s likeness without his permission. It demands that he stop selling chocolates and turn over his proceeds from their sale.

Another chocolate version of Tyson’s ear also is being sold at some Southern California candy stores. Entrepreneur Carlos Sepulveda’s ``Evander Holey Ear″ also bears bite marks. The ears go for $3.50 each and have made Sepulveda several thousand dollars.

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