Evander Holyfield is stepping again into the limelight for the primary time in 10 years to struggle Vitor Belfort in a boxing match later tonight (Sat., Sept. 11, 2021) reside on FITE TV pay-per-view (PPV) and his household is a little bit involved.
Holyfield, who turns 59 subsequent month, is a whole shell of his former self. Regardless of logging a few of the most historic heavyweight rounds within the historical past of the game Holyfield didn’t appear to be the “Actual Deal” earlier this week when he showcased his present boxing expertise for media members. In truth, the fight group appeared to collectively cringe after witnessing Holyfield’s atrocious pad work.
Battle followers aren’t the one ones displaying indicators of concern for Holyfield as he meets a former UFC champion wanting so as to add to an already legendary profession of devastating knockouts. Holyfield’s youngsters, who’ve seen their father struggle the likes of Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, and Lennox Lewis, are apprehensive that Belfort may land extra punches then he ought to.
“That is the primary time my youngsters ever advised me… ‘Dad, you don’t must be getting hit,’” Holyfield advised ESPN.
So why is Holyfield combating? If he hasn’t competed in 10 years, is nearing 60 years of age, and doesn’t seem to have a lot of something left within the tank, why is “Actual Deal” strapping on the boxing gloves to struggle a rejuvenated Belfort?
“You might be completely proper,” Holyfield mentioned. “At the least I’m combating any individual that I do know I can defend myself [against]. The entire thing’s about safety. You don’t grow to be a very good fighter till you understand how to not get hit…. I do know all of the issues that’s essential to be protected.”
“It’s form of laborious to show down an enormous sum of one thing when you recognize you are able to do it. Plus you gotta perceive, they saying struggle any individual who boxing ain’t his factor.”
Boxing will not be Belfort’s “factor,” however the former UFC champion is likely one of the most harmful knockout artists within the historical past of MMA. Over the course of 26 profession MMA wins Belfort has recorded 18 equally-devastating knockouts. “Phenom” may have some adjusting to do as he crosses over to the boxing ring, however his hand velocity and punching energy are nonetheless related. Extra so than a 58-year-old Holyfield coming off his sofa.
All of that mentioned, this struggle has nonetheless been sanctioned by the Florida Athletic Fee and struggle followers will are available droves to pay out of pocket to observe it. Holyfield will not be in situation to go deep right into a essential occasion struggle with Belfort, however there’s all the time an opportunity he pulls one thing out of his arsenal and surprises struggle followers in every single place.
Mania will ship LIVE protection of the FITE pay-per-view (PPV) essential card RIGHT HERE, kicking off at 7 p.m. ET.