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

Feb. 10 2010, Updated 5:35 a.m. ET

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The current wife of former world champion boxer Evander Holyfield has filed for a temporary protective order against him after he allegedly struck her in the face, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.

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Candi Holyfield -- Holyfield’s third wife -- called the police after the couple got into a fight at their home in Georgia last week.

In the court papers Candi alleges that her famous husband got into a fight with her after she complained that it was too cold in the middle of the night at their massive Georgia mansion on Feb 1 at 4:45 am.

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She claimed that the heat was cut off in their mansion and that after taking their children to the bathroom in the middle of the night, she tried to talk to Holyfield about the house being too cold.

“He told me I was only thinking about myself, the children’s hearts beat faster,” she wrote in the restraining order.

The deeply religious boxer accused her of being disrespectful when she pulled the covers over her head and he said that she needed to “start putting God first” in her life.

Holyfield refused to let up, arguing about payments made to their church and asking his wife if she had been tithing. He demanded she show him the check stubs of her payments to the church and after she refused, Candi alleges that Holyfield hit her in the face on the back of the head twice and on her back also.

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Candi also claims that Holyfield has hurt her before and that he has been violent in the presence of their children. She wrote in the restraining order request:  “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. A couple of weeks ago he threw a bottle of water at me.”

A source tells RadarOnline.com: “They got into a fight and Candi called the police complaining that Evander had hit her in the face.

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“He then left for the Super Bowl in Miami and now she has filed for a restraining order against him and she wants a divorce.

“She is fed-up with his womanizing and money  troubles -- she is working as a nurse and is now in the process of finding a new place to live.

“Candi claims that their fight left her with a black eye and that she is scared to be around him now.

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“Evander has not spoken with the police yet and they have a court date for February 18, 2010.”

Holyfield, who infamously had part of his ear bitten off during a title fight with Mike Tyson, has recently been trying to change his child support payments.

The boxer, who was previously married to Paulette Brown and then to a Dr. Janice Itson, claims that he’s not earning as much money as he previously did.

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According to documents filed last month in Cobb County Superior Court in Georgia, Holyfield wants his agreement with ex-wife Itson from 2000 modified because his "income has decreased."

The documents also say he now has other children "for whom he is also responsible to support". It’s understood that the fertile boxer has a total of 11 children.

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In 2005, Holyfield came in fifth place on ABC's Dancing wit the Stars with his partner Edyta Sliwinska.


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