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Relative unknown gets a shot at 'The Real Deal'

When Jeremy Bates, 32, got the call to fight Evander Holyfield, Bates put aside his insurance gig to take on the 43-year-old former heavyweight champ. They'll meet in the ring Friday.

Originally Published: August 17, 2006
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

Jeremy Bates thought he was done with boxing when he heard that Evander Holyfield was attempting a comeback after 21 months away from the ring. Bates, a 32-year-old Kentucky native, no longer thought of himself as Jeremy "The Beast" Bates, a ready, willing and fairly capable slugger with a solid right hand who could put you on your can if you weren't careful. He had transformed himself into Jeremy Bates, insurance salesman.

The process was going smoothly, too. In February, his second ...

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