Former UFC Middleweight champion Victor Belfort Showed on Saturday night why 59 year Old Evander Holyfield shouldn’t be in the Boxing Ring, even when he is a legend.
Holyfield, a former undisputed Cruiserweight, Heavyweight Champion and the only five time Heavyweight world champion was nothing but a clear opposite of his previous self in the ring. Belfort floored the “The Real Deal” hard in the first round before ending the fight which served as the main event of a Triller Pay-Per-View fight card at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
The fight got stopped by the referee Referee Samuel Burgos, who would like a life threatening damage on the Legend, who only covered up during a one sided flurry from the former UFC Champion.
“The guy’s strong, but I wasn’t hurt,” Holyfield told Triller Fight Club’s blow-by-blow announcer Todd Grisham. “The thing is, it wasn’t no shot that really hurt me real bad. He was strong and he hit me with a shot, and I was off balance. And then he bumped me with his shoulder.”
Holyfield, however disagrees with the stoppage and called the stoppage “Kind a Sad”. However “It Is What It Is” . Holyfield also believes that the stoppage was so quick and the referee should have we waited a little longer before stepping in.
“I think it was a bad call,” Holyfield said. “I think the referee should chill out. He shouldn’t stop the fight that quick.”
Holyfield was far from his usual self and had a few issues with Balance, He lost his step after trying to connect a big left and we minutes after fell through the ropes after missing a hook. Holyfield quickly told the referee he was perfectly in a good condition to continue but that wasn’t true and Belfort knew.
Belfort quickly connected a left uppercut that sent Holyfield crashing to the canvas 37 seconds to go in the opening round.
Holyfield was returning to the boxing ring for the first time after 10 years from his retirement in 2011. He only stepped in on a weeks notice to face Belfort after another legend Oscar De La Hoya pulled out of the fight after a positive COVID 19 test result last week.
Belfort 44, is now 2 – 0 in his professional Boxing career, while Holyfield dropped 44-11-2.
“Like I said, I came to knock people out,” Belfort said. “You know, you bring it, I bring it back. I bring it harder. We’ve got a list of opponents. Get ready, boxers! You’ve gotta come to my world. Here at Triller, we’re gonna make this even. We’re gonna make this even. Champions, don’t be afraid of weight divisions, put in fine if I lose the weight, pound. Come fight me! Meet me at a weight! Let’s do it!”
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