Evander Holyfield, 58, beaten in round one by ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort in front of former US president Donald Trump

Evander Holyfield, 58, beaten in round one by ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort in front of former US president Donald Trump

September 12, 2021

EVANDER HOLYFIELD’s shock boxing comeback lasted just a matter of seconds as he was stopped by MMA legend Vitor Belfort.

The 58-year-old former five-time world champion pulled on the gloves again as a late replacement for Covid-hit Oscar De La Hoya.


But the legend’s comeback was over in less than two minutes.

The fight, which was being called in the commentary booth by Donald Trump, started cagey with the ‘Real Deal’ edging the jab out before Belfort starting to come forward and had Holyfield on shaky legs.

The ex-boxer swung and missed as he slipped through the ropes as things started looking bad for him.

Holyfield then looked to be on skates whenever Belfort threw a punch and was soon dropped by a left hand.

Belfort then came forward as Holyfield tucked up and the referee quite rightly stopped the fight.

Predictably, Holyfield looked a shadow of himself and completely off the pace, but fortunately it was stopped before any damage could be done.

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However, the veteran fight feels the official stepped in too quickly to stop it.

Afterwards he said: “I think it was a bad call.

“I don’t think the referee should have stopped the fight that quick.”

While Holyfield’s fighting days look to be over, Belfort could now be set for a mega-money showdown with Jake Paul.

The Brazilian instantly called out the YouTuber for a $25m Thanksgiving winner-take-all fight.

Ryan Kavanaugh, head of Triller boxing, firstly said: “We at Triller are agreeing to a full pro fight, Vitor versus Jake Paul; 25 million winner-takes-all.

“And we want it on Thanksgiving day at the one-year anniversary, Thanksgiving Saturday.

“Thirty million, winner-takes-all, if Jake says no, we know why.”

Belfort then added: “Hey, Jake Paul, stop running from me, man. I'm going to teach you a lesson.

“You can be my kid, you're going to meet daddy over here at Triller. Stop running.”

 

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