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Holyfield has starring role in road rage blitz

FLASHING the same stone-faced glare that once was so familiar in the boxing ring, Evander Holyfield appeared headed toward another fight.

This time the challenge came from a hot-tempered motorist who felt he had been cut off as Holyfield pulled out of a driveway. The driver, unaware he was about to encounter the former four-time heavyweight champion, forced Holyfield off the road and slammed his hand onto the hood of Holyfield’s SUV.

The enraged driver continued to yell curses and threats, demanding Holyfield get out of the vehicle. Holyfield obliged. No longer hidden by the SUV’s tinted windows, Holyfield was immediately recognized and the motorist backed away, mumbling “I didn’t know it was you.”

It was an example of how road rage can lead to unexpected big trouble — and it wasn’t real. Holyfield and his misguided antagonist were only acting in a short public service announcement.

The closing message: “Avoid road rage. You never know who you might run into.”

Holyfield said he was happy to participate because he has seen road rage up close, when he was only 17 and driving a beat-up jalopy instead of a luxury SUV. He said his car “just stopped” in the middle of the road and he was challenged by an older driver.

“Somebody was blowing their horn and they got out and they just talked to me any kind of way, you know,” Holyfield said. “I fought then. I wasn’t heavyweight champ of the world. I was 17, but I could fight and the guy is talking all this noise. He was probably thinking I can’t fight. I was a good fighter. I was an amateur champion.”


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