NEW YORK – Danny Garcia laughed off Ivan Redkach biting him on his left shoulder during the eighth round of their fight Saturday night.

“He has new teeth, too, got some brand-new veneers,” Garcia joked during a post-fight press conference early Sunday morning at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “He was puttin’ them bad boys to work. I got a fresh veneer scar on my neck!”

The unfazed Garcia’s playful response aside, Redkach’s tactic during his one-sided, 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat was highly unusual.

Mike Tyson’s infamous bites of Evander Holyfield’s right ear and left ear in their July 1997 heavyweight championship rematch in Las Vegas is one of the most infamous incidents in American sports history.

Referee Mills Lane disqualified Tyson following the third round, when he chewed off a piece of Holyfield’s ear. Tyson was subsequently suspended and fined heavily by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Two years earlier, volatile heavyweight contender Andrew Golota bit Samson Po’uha on the left side of his neck in the fourth round of a May 1995 fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey. That bout continued because referee Eddie Cotton couldn’t see Golota bite Po’uha from where he was positioned.

Golota, who was badly hurt when he bit Po’uha, went on to win by fifth-round technical knockout.

Referee Benjy Esteves couldn’t see Redkach bite Garcia from where he stood Saturday night, either. Garcia and his father/trainer, Angel Garcia, informed Esteves that Redkach bit him, which drew a warning from Esteves before the ninth round began.

Philadelphia’s Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) remained in control of their welterweight fight after Ukraine’s Redkach bit him. He won decisively on all three scorecards (118-110, 117-111, 117-111).

Garcia’s light-hearted take on the odd occurrence was in part due to the fact that he obviously didn’t suffer nearly as much damage from being bitten as Holyfield.

“I just felt like something digging in my skin,” Garcia explained. “I thought a mosquito got me. … And then I look over and he’s biting me. I think I might be the second fighter in history to be bit, right? Who else? Evander Holyfield and Danny Garcia. Put me in the history books.”

Redkach didn’t apologize or even acknowledge that he had bitten Garcia.

“Nah, he didn’t say nothing to me,” Garcia said. “He’s just been smiling all week. I should’ve freakin’ knew it. I should’ve knew he was gonna bite me.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.