MatchRoom Promoter Eddie Hearn has opened up on his view of the fight between Evander Holyfield and Victor Belfort that too place two weekends ago.
Evander Holyfield stepped into the ring on short notice and for the first time in 10 years for the event. The former four division champion and two time Undisputed heavyweight champion was eventually knocked out by Victor Belfort in the first round of the scheduled 8-rounder.
The Holyfield- Belfort fight had to be moved to Florida following the refusal of California State Athletic Commission to sanction the fight. What played out eventually out ended up disgusting Hearn.
“YouTube boxing is one thing, I don’t mind what Jake Paul’s doing. I respect what Jake Paul is doing because one, he’s putting the work in. Two, he’s not fighting boxing-based fighters,” Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show.
“And three, he’s promoting the shows, it’s different. Holyfield is not a young YouTuber in a training camp, going out and fighting an MMA guy. This is a guy that is not medically fit to have a fight. For the commission, who we worked with in Florida before, to allow that to happen?
“I’ll tell you right now, there is absolutely no way the British Boxing Board of Control would even consider allowing that fight to happen. They could have done six rounds. What we saw, it actually disgusted me.”
Holyfield was so slow in that fight and while attempting to land a punch almost fell through the ropes and Belfort, who was the younger of the two, went in looking for blood and found it with a flurry, forcing the stoppage.
Holyfield stepped in after Oscar De La Hoya pulled out if the Triller Pay-Per-View Headliner due to a positive COVID 19 test result one week to fight night.
However, Eddie Hearn is preparing his team for the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight championship fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk on Sept. 25th at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.