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Holyfield unable to decipher Byrd's unique style

Updated: December 16, 2002, 3:24 PM ET
By Doug Fischer | Maxboxing.com

Six months ago, after revamping his career with a victory over Hasim Rahman, Evander Holyfield said Chris Byrd was the only boxer he didn't want to fight en route to his goal of reuniting all three of boxing's major heavyweight belts around his waist.

But the lure of the vacant IBF title proved too great, and Holyfield took the risk against Byrd's confounding southpaw style Saturday. He paid the price.

Looking desperate for much of the fight, Holyfield dropped a unanimous decision ...

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