3 Things to Know About the Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort Fight
Shocking news unraveled in the world of combat sports, as a fight between boxing legend Evander Holyfield and MMA star Vitor Belfort has been announced to take place this September 11 in Florida. With Holyfield’s return to the ring coming in on short notice, many fight fans are curious as to how this star-studded boxing match came about.
Read on for our list of the three things we need to know about the Holyfield vs. Belfort fight below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
COVID-19 Strikes Again
Vitor Belfort’s original opponent for the Triller Fight Club-promoted event was supposed to be another boxing great in Oscar De La Hoya. Sadly, De La Hoya tested positive for COVID-19 about a week before his bout despite having been vaccinated already. In turn, Triller booked none other than Evander Holyfield as De La Hoya’s replacement.
Holyfield, 58, has not fought in a boxing match in over a decade, but looks as prepared and jacked up for any fight that’s thrown at him. He was also involved in talks about a fight with Mike Tyson, but the two sides ultimately didn’t come to an agreement. Working in the former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion as well is that his opponent, former UFC standout Vitor Belfort, is 44 years old already and only has one win as a professional boxer dating back to 2006.
Los Angeles Also A Buzzkiller For Triller
The De La Hoya vs. Belfort fight was supposed to take place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. But when Holyfield was declared as De La Hoya’s replacement, the California State Athletic Commission did not want to sanction the Holyfield vs. Belfort fight as an official boxing match on short notice.
In turn, Triller moved the event to another location that shares the same name as a famous place in SoCal; the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The fight is now set for eight two-minute rounds as a sanctioned heavyweight boxing match by the Florida State Boxing Commission and is available on pay-per-view via the Triller app.
Playing the Trump Card
Arguably an even bigger draw than the Holyfield vs. Belfort fight itself is the guest commentator for the bout itself. Former POTUS Donald Trump will be joining the commentary team along with his son Don Jr. to provide some unique insights on the blockbuster main event, and Trump’s presence alone will garner a massive draw to the event as well as countless media outlets.
The co-main event of Saturday’s pay-per-view will also feature a pair of former UFC superstars Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz going toe-to-toe in a boxing ring for the very first time. This gives fight fans even more reason to witness even more legends from the realm of combat sports do battle even if they’re all past their respective primes.
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