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“So, how’s that ear coming along?”

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Journalists covering African countries rarely get involved in the sort of celebrity circus so common for those working elsewhere. But the Ethiopian presspack got a window into a different world when boxing legend Evander Holyfield rolled into Addis Ababa.

Decked out in a green safari suit and propping up the bar in one of the city’s plusher hotels the four-time heavyweight world champion happily posed for photos with locals and was the focus of attention for a gaggle of Ethiopia’s famously beautiful women.

The 46-year-old – who recently came out of retirement amid rumours of financial trouble – says he’s in Africa to fight a benefit bout to raise money for HIV/AIDS charities.

“If we don’t find a cure to this, we’ll be extinct,” he said.

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