Even with a late change in opponents from one legend to a a lot bigger and harder-hitting one, Vitor Belfort’s staff feels assured.
Derik Santos, Belfort’s boxing coach, understands the distinction in types between Oscar De La Hoya and Evander Holyfield however feels his pupil shall be prepared to resolve the issues introduced contained in the ring on Saturday.
Belfort will face Holyfield in an eight-round boxing match that can function the principle occasion of Triller Combat Membership Legends II on the Seminole Laborious Rock Lodge & On line casino in Hollywood, Fl. on Sept. 11.
De La Hoya was initially Belfort’s opponent for this occasion however was pressured out of the bout when he was hospitalized with COVID-19, which made manner for the previous heavyweight boxing champion Holyfield to fill in on quick discover.
“It’s clearly a really completely different fashion,” Santos advised MMA Junkie. “Whenever you have a look at what we have been going to need to do in a battle, the issues that Oscar De La Hoya introduced so far as motion, fashion, and pace, however then you’ve got Evander Holyfield – the very last thing a fighter loses is the ability punch.”
Though Holyfield is properly previous his prime preventing years at 58 years of age, Santos and Belfort are ready to keep away from the power-punching that will nonetheless current issues contained in the ring.
“I’ve seen that proper hand,” Santos mentioned. “He’s nonetheless received that thudding, what we known as ‘sluggish, laborious ones’ like George Foreman used to throw. So, it’s a bit completely different within the case that he gained’t be as cellular, so we’ll field. We’ll do what now we have to do. Clearly, we’re not gonna get hit with something silly.
“Vitor’s a really technical fighter, a boxer. Most individuals perceive that he packing containers very properly and my greatest factor is to ensure we don’t get caught with any heavy artillery and are available out with the victory.”
Watch the interview with Santos within the video above.