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EXCLUSIVE: Evander Holyfield's Wife Wants Protective Order Lifted - Puts Divorce On Hold

Feb. 12 2010, Published 4:06 a.m. ET

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Evander Holyfield’s third wife Candi wants to lift the temporary protective order against him after the former world champion boxer agreed to go for marriage counseling with her.

Candi – who has two young children by Holyfield – has agreed to put any divorce talks on ice as the pair try and iron out their differences.

EXCLUSIVE: Wife Claims Evander Holyfield Hit Her, Files For Protective Order

She filed for a temporary protective order against the famous boxer after he allegedly struck her in the face following an early morning fight at their Georgia mansion on February 1, 2010.

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A source told “She has agreed to lift the order of protection after Evander agreed to go to counseling with her.

“Her family was pressuring Candi to go and get the order and she was so angry with him that she went ahead and filed for it without realizing it would be such a big deal when the media found out.

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“Evander is relieved and he now wants to concentrate on training for his fight with Francoise Botha in Las Vegas on April 24, 2010.

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“The fact that she filed the order has made him see straight and he knows that he has to work on their marriage now.”

In her court papers Candi claimed that Holyfield had been violent to her before.

EXCLUSIVE: Evander Holyfield’s Wife Wants Divorce After Boxing Champ Hit Her

She said: “In 2008 he choked me in front of our daughter and house keeper. In 2009 he has hit me in front of the children. He has grabbed me in front of the children. And a couple of weeks ago he threw a bottle of water at me.”

The couple’s latest fight was sparked after she complained that it was too cold inside their massive $10 million mansion and escalated further when religious fanatic Holyfield demanded to see payments that his wife had made to their church.

In recent years Holyfield – who has been married twice before and has 11 kids – has run into financial problems as his big money fights have dried-up.



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