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Holyfield in court to reach child support settlement

AP , ATLANTA

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, again facing the possibility of jail time in a child-support case, reached a settlement after he agreed to a US$100,000 college fund for his 10-year-old son on Wednesday.

Holyfield also consented to pay private school tuition before college, reinstated health insurance for his son, and settled US$4,500 in attorney fees, according to Randy Kessler, a lawyer for the child’s mother, Toi Irvin. The agreement was reached before a scheduled hearing in Fayette County Superior Court in suburban Atlanta.

“My client is pleased that we didn’t have to litigate,” Kessler said. “She didn’t want him incarcerated. The last thing she wanted was to be the one to ask that he go to jail.”

Kessler said the agreement was reached after the two sides spent much of the day in the courtroom, watching the judge sentence others for failing to abide by child-support orders. Irvin’s attorney had planned to ask that Holyfield be given 30 days to meet all orders in the case and be sent to jail immediately if he failed to comply.

Holyfield must fully pay into the child’s college fund within three years, Kessler said. The case was kept open in case the boxer fails to provide the funding.

This is the latest salvo in a case that began over the summer when Holyfield failed to make three straight monthly child-support payments to Irvin, apparently because of financial woes that also included the threatened foreclosure of his sprawling estate in Fayette County.

Holyfield’s massive home, which was scheduled to be auctioned on the steps of the county courthouse, was taken off the foreclosure list and is still occupied by the boxer.

Holyfield turned 46 this week, but insists he wants to keep fighting until he regains the title for a fifth time. Holyfield hasn’t fought since losing a unanimous decision a year ago to then-WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov.

“I hope the next time I see him, he’s beating up somebody on TV,” Kessler said.

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