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Holyfield Seeks Paternity Test

October 28, 1999

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who is the father of five children out of wedlock, wants a paternity test for the son of his estranged wife, who is divorcing the boxer.

Holyfield’s lawyer filed papers Tuesday in Fayette County Superior Court asking a judge to order DNA testing on himself, Janice Holyfield and 13-month-old Elijah Jedediah Holyfield.

Janice Holyfield’s lawyer, John Mayoue, said he did not understand why Holyfield took that step.

``I am appalled. Mr. Holyfield could not in good faith seriously doubt that Elijah is his child,″ Mayoue said.

Jim Thomas, the boxer’s personal lawyer, couldn’t be reached for comment late Wednesday.

Among Holyfield’s nine children are two born to other women since the fighter married Janice Holyfield in October 1996. The boxer filed for divorce last March.

Lawyers for the Holyfields are scheduled to appear in court Friday. Mrs. Holyfield wants his earnings from the Nov. 13 rematch with Lennox Lewis, which court papers say could reach $15 million, put in escrow.

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