Reb Shmuel Razavsky suggests that the reason that one witness is not believed against a chazakah is not because chazakah is greater, but rather because one witness is not believed when it comes to changing the status of anything. However, when the testimony of one witness is not changing the status quo, he is believed. In a situation where there is a doubt and there is no chazakah, one witness will be believed since he is not changing the status quo.

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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.