The return of Evander Holyfield (58 years) to boxing was not a show, but a grotesque that could have been avoided. The former heavyweight world champion, a legend who also reigned on the cruiser, ended his reputation in tatters just 1:49 minutes into the exhibition match to eight rounds with professional boxing rules, but not reflected in the records. Former UFC fighter Vitor Belfort sent ‘The Real Deal’ to the canvas a couple of times and the referee had to stop the fight to avoid damage.
At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and with the Former United States President Donald Trump as a guest commentator on the broadcast, Grandpa Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KO’s) He returned to a ring that he had not stepped on since 2011, when he beat Brian Nielsen by TKO. Belfort, a former UFC champion and 14 years his junior, threw himself into a whirlwind, kicking his fists like a mixer, and the display ended in no time. There was no combat.
Holyfield, despising that saying that ‘boxing is the only sport that is not played’, accepted the challenge only a week before, after what Oscar de la hoya, who is the one who was going to measure himself with the Brazilian, give positive for COVID-19. The California Athletic Commission, seeing perhaps what could happen, did not want to give the go-ahead for the fight with the Alabama-born fighter to be held in Los Angeles, and thus protect the health of a legend who had crossed leather with all the elite of the great weights (Foreman, Tyson, Lewis, Moorer, Bowe, Ortiz …).
With the sudden outcome, the possibility of a ‘remake’ of the ‘Combat of the bite’ against Mike Tyson is far away and in which he bit off a piece of his ear in 1997. Iron Mike did make a successful comeback in November 2020 against Roy Jones Jr. Holyfield’s attempt was a resounding failure.
Holyfield are back … and Trump
Holyfield to replace De La Hoya in his fight against Belfort
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