President Clinton said on Monday that he had been 'horrified' to see Mike Tyson resort to biting in his heavyweight title bout.
Bill Clinton said he didn't know whether the U.S Government should now regulate boxing after Tyson left Evander Holyfield in need of surgery for bites to both ears on Saturday night.
Mike Tyson has been lying low over the weekend, trying to avoid the scorn being heaped on him since his disqualification for biting Evander Holyfield's ears during their WBA heavyweight rematch.
More than 16,000 fans were at the MGM Grand Hotel, and thousands more had paid for a cable television feed of what was supposed to be one of the best rematches in recent history.
But the world of boxing is reeling after Tyson twice attacked Holyfield's ears with his teeth, leaving the heavyweight champion in need of surgery for his wounds.
And Tyson marked his 31st birthday on Monday in the face of overwhelming public scorn, including public criticism from President Bill Clinton:
I saw the fight and until that happened, it was a good fight. But, I was horrified by it and I think the American people are. I don't know what the federal role should be and I haven't given any thought to that whatsoever. As a fan, I was horrified."
SUPER CAPTION: President Clinton
A Nevada boxing commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to consider fining Tyson and suspending him from boxing within the state.
Under state law, Tyson can be fined ten per cent of his $30 million purse, which has also been held up in the wake of Saturday's events.