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Atlas Puts the Weight on His Shoulders : Boxing: Moorer's trainer sees defeat looming--and takes an unusual step to turn the fight's tide.


Shelly Finkel, Holyfield's manager, said he would file a protest over the scoring in the second round in order to maintain Holyfield's rights--rematches are encouraged by the sanctioning bodies if there is controversy involved in the first fight--if he decides to return to the ring.

Although Holyfield knocked Moorer down at the end of the second round, which generally results in a 10-8 round score, judge Jerry Roth scored the round even, 10-10, giving Moorer credit for controlling the first part of the round.

If Roth scores the round 10-9 for Holyfield, his overall score changes to 114-114, matching judge Dalby Shirley's even score, which would have made the fight a draw.

But no protest, Finkel said, would take away the fact that Moorer won the title.

"He'll be better with the title," Davimos said. "In my mind, Michael's an insecure kid. The title will help him become a man. He's not a bad kid, he just has insecurities that have caused him trouble.

"You've got to think winning the championship will help you alleviate some of those insecurities."

With World Boxing Council champion Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe as the two names drawing the most big-money attention, Davimos indicated that Lewis would be a more likely choice.

And will Atlas be there for Moorer's next fight?

"Either he'll be there with Michael," Davimos said, "or I'll kill Teddy myself."

Boxing Notes

A replay of the Michael Moorer-Evander Holyfield heavyweight championship fight will be shown Wednesday night at 10 on HBO, the pay-cable service announced.

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