THE BIBLE THUMPER

EVANDER HOLYFIELD PRAISED THE LORD AND PUMMELED MIKE TYSON

At the time, there was no way of knowing the significance of the final leg of the torch run at the opening ceremony for the Atlanta Olympics. It was simply nice that the leg began with Atlanta native and former Olympic boxer Evander Holyfield running in the tunnel beneath the stadium, with his own smile as a beacon, and ended with the lighting of the torch by Muhammad Ali.

There was also no way of knowing what would transpire on Nov. 9 in Las Vegas. Holyfield, 34, and thought to be on the ropes of his career, vanquished W.B.A. champion Mike...

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