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Holyfield’s Comeback Begins With Slugfest Victory Over Mercer

Sun., May 21, 1995

Forced into a slugfest he didn’t want, two-time former champion Evander Holyfield took a dramatic first step back in the heavyweight division Saturday night with a unanimous 10-round decision over Ray Mercer.

Holyfield survived a bad cut alongside his right eye to outpoint the game Mercer, who had called this a turning-point fight in his career.

Judge Eugene Grant had it 96-93, while Eva Shain saw it 97-92 and Jean Williams had it 95-94.

It was the first fight in 13 months for Holyfield, who was diagnosed with a heart condition - a diagnosis later challenged - after losing the WBA and IBF titles to Michael Moorer on April 22, 1994.

In an undercard bout, flamboyant Hector Camacho retained his lightly regarded IBC welterweight championship with a unanimous 12-round decision over Homer Gibbons.

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