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Ex-champ shouldn't be shut out

Updated: November 19, 2004, 3:10 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | Special to ESPN.com

Evander Holyfield can still talk a pretty good fight, even if he can't fight one anymore.

He doesn't need any lawyers or a manager to do his talking for him in this, the last big fight of his athletic career. The fight to keep on fighting.

Holyfield, a man of few words, has three of them for those who would try to protect him from himself: "No, thank you.''

"If I ain't got hurt so far,'' he says, "What makes you think I'm gonna get hurt now?''

Holyfield has a point. ...

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