10/6/2016 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The producers of a Mike Tyson documentary straight-up jacked photos from the Tyson-Holyfield bout for the film … so claims the photographer in a new lawsuit.
Famed boxing photographer Teddy Blackburn says Xenon Pictures stole 4 of his shots from Tyson’s infamous ear-biting 1997 fight against Evander Holyfield.
Xenon released the documentary in 2004 but, according to docs, never bothered to ask Blackburn for his permission to use the photos. Important note … none of the photos are of Tyson’s bite.
Blackburn’s suing for a cut of the profits and other damages.
A spokesperson for Xenon Pictures tells TMZ … the company licensed the film from a production company in the UK and says the licensor “fully warranted that all material used in the program (including the photos allegedly belonging to the plaintiff) were properly purchased.”