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Monday, November 15, 1999
Holyfield at peace after loss to LewisATLANTA (AP) -- Evander Holyfield was surprised to come out of his title fight against Lennox Lewis with few scratches and bruises but no heavyweight championship.
Still, the Atlanta fighter says he is at peace.
"The main reason I'm at peace with myself is that I fought a complete fight and a smart fight, and I put on a good performance for myself," Holyfield told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in assessing his loss to Lewis. "I had to re-evaluate what I was doing.
"The last time I fought Lewis, I went into the ring smiling and singing. I lost my concentration. I had people yakkety-yakking in and out of my locker room before the fight. I cut all of that out. I just went back to basics."
He said the "stunning part" was that he came out of the fight relatively unscathed.
"I haven't felt this good after a fight since I was a cruiserweight," Holyfield said. "It makes me think I should have fought a little harder against Lennox. Maybe I'd be sore and sick, but I'd have the victory."
Holyfield also spoke of his wish to take his nine children on a Christmas vacation to Paris or London, and the tension of his pending divorce from his second wife.
"The only thing I haven't been successful with is my relationship with women," he said, adding that he hopes to "finally get it right" by marrying someday for a third time.
Holyfield said he has thoughts of becoming the first heavyweight to regain the championship four times.
But right now, "I just feel like prayer is the most important for me," he said. "I want to spend time seeing what God wants me to do."