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Evander Holyfield needs a lesson in how to fight with his words rather than his fists!

Candi, the legendary boxing champ’s third wife, has filed a temporary protective order against Holyfield due to domestic abuse!

According to the legal docs, Evander smacked Candi in the face after she complained it was “too cold” inside their home.

Sadly, this isn’t the first instance of abuse, either. According to the papers, Holyfield “choked [Candi] in front of [their] daughter and house keeper” in 2008, hit her in front of the kids in 2009, and chucked a water bottle at Candi a few weeks ago.

After all of that, it’s ridiculous to think the order came as a “total shock” to Holyfield!

“As soon as he heard about it he contacted her by telephone and told her that he wanted to try and save their marriage and that he would go to counseling with her,” says a source close to the boxer.

Keep him away!