The return to boxing by former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield after more than a decade away from the sport did not go well.
The 58-year-old Holyfield was TKO’d in the first round by Vitor Belfort in a PPV match Saturday at Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Holyfield was returning to boxing as a last-minute fill-in for Oscar De La Hoya, who dropped out after contracting Covid-19.
Belfort, a 44-year-old former UFC fighter, was on Holyfield from the first bell, backing him into the ropes with a flurry of quick punches. Holyfield was knocked to the canvas twice before the referee stopped the match. Holyfield never landed a punch.
‘Beyond sad’ – Fighters and pundits disturbed by ringside footage of Evander Holyfield’s knockout loss to Vitor Belfort https://t.co/uEdeGaJzRV
— Sports Informer (@Sportsinformer3) September 12, 2021
As an end cap to one of the weirdest summers in boxing, Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., took on a paid engagement as commentators for a fight between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. https://t.co/YpR3TIM8q0
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 12, 2021
Donald Trump was commentator for Holyfield vs. Belfort, it lasted 81 seconds – Stormy Daniels said “That’s about right.”
— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) September 12, 2021
Trump’s boxing commentary is pretty boring, so the stream chat has turned to another topic: whether JFK Jr. is still alive (they say yes). pic.twitter.com/BmwhmfhH02
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) September 12, 2021
These are the kinds of people who chanted WE LOVE TRUMP at a boxing batch on 9/11: pic.twitter.com/FAlRwBB6g6
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) September 12, 2021