September 12, 2021 by archyde
Evander Holyfield, legendary former world heavyweight champion, starred in a role this Saturday on his return to the rings in an exhibition fight. Far from its glorious times, the also Olympic gold in The Angels 1984 lost without extenuating against the Brazilian Vitor Belfort, former heavyweight monarch of the UFC.
It was a TKO in the first round of the fight held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, Florida, with the former president of the United States Donald Trump as host and commentator.
The relentless Belfort caused an unknown Holyfield, who will turn 59 in October, twice before the fight came to a close.
Evander Holyfield is turning 59 years old next month. He hasn’t fought in 10 years. He wasn’t scheduled to fight as of two weeks ago. Whoever sanctioned this should be arrested. pic.twitter.com/T0vRylF61s
– Arash Center (@ArashMarkazi) September 12, 2021
The fight was originally to be played in Los Angeles and was to be spearheaded by Oscar de la Hoya’s return to the ring to face Belfort, but the Golden Boy dropped out after being hospitalized with COVID-19. And Holyfield came in as a late replacement, leading to more changes.
The card changed to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida after the California Athletic Commission refused to approve the fight due to Holyfield’s advanced age.
Vitor Belfort derriba a a Evander Holyfield en el Hard Rock de Hollywood, Florida. Foto: EFE
The former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion had not stepped into a ring since 2011. He had signed into the ring earlier this year to fight Kevin McBride, as he had a possible future fight against him between his eyebrows. Mike Tyson, his old rival, whom he beat twice including the fight in which Iron Mike sliced off part of an ear with one bite.
But the contest against McBride was called off and Holyfield published in Instagram in August he had been “training hard for months.”
“I promise my fans that I will step into the ring at least one more time before hanging up my gloves and resting forever,” said good old Evander, who did not expect to receive such a beating from Belfort.
Trump, in his role as boxing commentator. Photo: AFP
Former US President Donald Trump collaborated as a commentator accompanied by his son, Donald Jr .. The evening was broadcast on FIRE.TV in the pay-per-view mode and those who wanted to watch it had to pay $ 49.99.
“I love great boxers and great fights. I am excited to see that on Saturday night and share my thoughts by the ring. You will not want to miss this special event,” the former president said in a statement before the evening. .