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Raw deal gives Holyfield false hope

Evander Holyfield might've displayed valor and renewed vigor in dropping a close decision to Nikolai Valuev on Saturday, but Brian Doogan wonders whether his strong showing will do more harm than good.

Originally Published: December 21, 2008
By Brian Doogan | Special to ESPN.com

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Three judges decided that 46-year-old Evander Holyfield lost by a majority points decision in his bid to claim the WBA heavyweight title from Nikolai Valuev. This and the almost reverential chants from 12,500 fans of "Hol-y-field, Hol-y-field," which echoed throughout the Hallenstadion in Zurich, represented the most dangerous verdict for a man whose delusions are verging on the deranged.

If Holyfield required any further reason to continue with his futile, hazardous ...

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