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Richard Deitsch
October 06, 2003
The four-time heavyweight champ fights James Toney at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 4, 15 days before turning 41.
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October 06, 2003

Q+a [evander Holyfield]

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Holyfield: No, I don't think I need to watch that.

SI: What boxers would you pay to watch fight?

Holyfield: Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Ricardo Mayorga.

SI: You have bowling alleys at your estate in Georgia. Ever settle a score with a fighter on the lanes?

Holyfield: No, I don't think I have any boxing friends that can even touch me in bowling.

SI: Should Lennox Lewis retire?

Holyfield: If he's not going to fight, he should. He needs to stop playing with people.

SI: You probably have the most famous ear after Vincent van Gogh's. How often do people ask to see the ear Tyson took a bite out of?

Holyfield: A lot. Even people who are not boxing fans, the first thing they do is look for the ear. It shows that people relate to what happened. If you were a person who got bit in the face, the first thing people would say, "Oh, yeah, he's the guy that has that bite mark on his face." It don't bother me.

SI: So would you pay $44.95 to watch you fight?

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