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Holyfield edges Ruiz in tightly contested bout

Updated: August 13, 2000, 11:59 AM ET

LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- Evander Holyfield made a little history Saturday night.

In a lackluster effort, Holyfield scored a controversial unanimous decision over fringe contender John Ruiz and captured the vacant WBA heavyweight title at the Paris Resort and Casino.

Holyfield (37-4-1) became the first heavyweight to regain the championship a third time. But in an era of multiple titles, nobody is taking the 37-year-old's latest reign seriously, especially after Saturday's unimpressive ...

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