Evander Holyfield, 58, is never expected to step into a boxing ring again. The living legend was pulverized, abandoned and arrested by former UFC Champion Vitor Belfort in the first round of their scheduled eight-round bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. On Saturday night.
Holyfield intervened shortly after Oscar De La Hoya tested positive for COVID-19. The fight was moved from California to Florida because Holyfield was unable to obtain a license in California. And it probably should have stayed that way.
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Instead, the 59-year-old former heavyweight champion didn’t stand a chance against Belfort, who wasted no time jumping on him. Holyfield’s age and deteriorating reflexes were evident from the first seconds when Belfort landed a punch that tripped him back. Soon after, Belfort knocked Holyfield down with a left uppercut. Holyfield stood up but was greeted with a barrage of punches which caused the referee to save him from further damage at 1:49 from the opening frame.
It was a decade since Holyfield last fought, and while his body looked like it was in the game, his skills were certainly lacking against Belfort, 44.
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Holyfield said he was never injured and protested the stoppage. He even went so far as to suggest a potential boxing match with former rival Mike Tyson. With all due respect, no one needs to see this.
Belfort subsequently called Jake Paul for a $ 30 million winning showdown over Triller.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from Holyfield vs. Belfort. Here’s how it all went.
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Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort live updates, highlights
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Round 1 (10:10 p.m.): Holyfield searches for the litter with his jab. It’s a very slow jab. A very, very slow jab. Missing with a slow right hand. Belfort lands a left hook and is all over him. Holyfield slips and almost falls out of the ring. It’s rough. An uppercut brings Holyfield to the ground. It’s sad. Belfort jumps on Holyfield again, lands a barrage of punches. The referee stops him. It’s finish. And Holyfield has the nerve to be crazy. It was awful and everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves.
10:04 p.m .: Before entering the ring, Vitor Belfort ends his interview by saying: “Let’s make America even better! And the crowd screams in approval. It’s interesting.
9:55 p.m .: During the 10-bell salute in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, a woman can be heard screaming curses as the crowd tries to silence her. It would be out of place other than this event. Oh, and a chant of “We want Trump” erupted. Good time.
9:40 p.m .: Welcome everyone to the live blog of the main event between Evander Holyfield, 58, and former UFC heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. We’re in a few moments as the main co-event just wrapped up and we’re getting our last live performance of the night.
Holyfield vs Belfort PPV with award for Donald Trump’s “No Holds Barred” commentary, how to watch
Those who want to watch the Holyfield-Belfort a la carte can do so in the US for $ 49.99. Boxing fans can watch the fight by ordering through FITE.TV, Triller Fight Club, or a cable or satellite TV provider.
How to listen to the Trumps’ alternate commentary for Holyfield vs Belfort PPV
To hear guest commentary from former President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. during each game, viewers can use the Secondary Audio (SAP) feature on their set-top box or television. The suggested retail price for the four-fight PPV event is $ 49.99 (US and Canada), and there is no additional charge to listen to the Trumps commentary on each fight.
What time does Evander Holyfield start against Vitor Belfort?
- Dated: Saturday September 11
- Time: 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PT
The Holyfield vs Belfort card is scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. Three more fights will take place before the start of the Holyfield vs Belfort fight.
Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort Card
- Vitor Belfort beat. Evander Holyfield via TKO in Round 1 (1:49).
- Anderson Silva beat. Tito Ortiz via KO in the 1st round (1:21).
- David Haye def. Joe Fournier by unanimous decision (79-72, 80-71, 79-72).
- Jono Carroll beat. Andy Vences by majority decision (97-93, 97-93, 95-95).