Boxing legend Evander Holyfield was back again in the ring for the 1st time in a decade on Sunday as he confronted mixed martial arts wonderful Vitor Belfort.
There were pre-struggle problems in excess of the age and situation of Holyfield, who was fighting in Florida just a single thirty day period just before his 59th birthday.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was forty four-yr-outdated Belfort who was victorious in quicktime with Holyfield clearly, despite being in excellent situation for his age, not close to being the fighter he the moment was.
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Belfort stopped Holyfield — who famously had his ear bitten by Mike Tyson — immediately after 1:49 in the 1st spherical with a brutal left uppercut.
Previous US President Donald Trump, who was a special commentator for the struggle night time, explained Holyfield was simply just “not the same”.
“You could see correct from the commencing he was not the similar fighter,” Trump explained. “He had missing a large amount. That left jab was pretty slow.
“We explained from the 1st minute you could see quickly that that was not Evander. There was no snap.”
He extra: “It’s so unusual to see since we have watched him for a large part of our life just win.”
The celebration was labelled Triller Battle Club “Legends 2”, following the accomplishment of Tyson’s possess return to the ring previous yr.
Holyfield hadn’t fought due to the fact 2011, but had signed to struggle Kevin McBride previously this yr — with a probable future struggle against his outdated nemesis Tyson on the horizon.
Immediately after the proposed McBride struggle failed to materialise, Holyfield posted on Instagram in August that he’d been “training difficult for months.”
“I assure my admirers I will action back again in the ring at the very least a single a lot more time just before I lay my gloves to relaxation for excellent,” he explained.
Belfort has no legitimate skilled boxing encounter, though he fought the moment – a 1st-minute 2006 TKO of Josemario Neves that was a mismatch from the 1st punch a great deal like the Holyfield struggle.
The former UFC fighter in the Heavyweight, Gentle Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions offers a lot of knockout electricity – with a stunning 14 finishes in his UFC career together with thirteen striking finishes.
Before in the co-main celebration, MMA legend Anderson Silva knocked out Tito Ortiz also in the 1st spherical.
“Wow, which is one thing,” explained a shocked Trump. “So is he recognized as a great deal of a puncher? Really excellent.”
“I tell you what, that really aids his stock, do you know what I necessarily mean?”
Meanwhile, there was a pre-struggle tribute to the victims of the September 11 assaults, with the struggle night time using position on their twentieth anniversary.
Evander Holyfield def by Vitor Belfort
Anderson Silva def Tito Ortiz by KO
Andy Vences def by Jono Carroll
David Haye def Joe Fournier