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Sometimes, Christianity is subject to interpretation. Some believe the death penalty is immoral, for example; others feel it is the only just solution at times.

Beating your wife because she isn’t “putting God first,” however? It’s hard to see a way in which Christ would justify that one. Sorry, Evander Holyfield.

The former world heavyweight champ always made it clear he had no plans to retire from fighting – we just didn’t know he was referring to the bedroom!

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His current and third wife, Candi Holyfield, called the police after the couple got into a fight at their home last week. It all started because it was cold.


No, seriously. She claims the heat was off in their Georgia mansion and as she took their kids to the bathroom in the night, she complained to Evander.

“He told me I was only thinking about myself, and the children’s hearts beat faster,” she wrote in a court declaration seeking a restraining order against him.

The “deeply religious” boxer accused her of being disrespectful to God when pulled the covers over her head, and said she needed to “start putting God first.”

Maybe so, but come on, dude. You can afford to set the heat at 68.

Holyfield refused to let up, asking his wife if she’d been tithing. He asked for check stubs of her payments to their church and after she refused … look out.

Candi alleges Holyfield hit her in the face on the back of the head twice and on her back. She claims Holyfield hurt her before in the presence of their kids.

Understandably, now Candi wants out.

“She is fed-up with his womanizing and money troubles,” says a source. “She is working as a nurse and is now in the process of finding a new place to live.”

The boxer, who was once married to Paulette Brown and then Dr. Janice Itson, claims he’s not earning as much as he once did. Eleven kids will do that.

Three wives, 11 kids, multiple violent episodes. Talk about putting God first! Evander has not spoken with cops. He and Candi are due in court Feb. 18.