Famous boxer Evander Holyfield will step into the ring for the first time in more than a ten years this weekend, but that is not the only rationale to check out the combat. There will be an additional unique visitor on hand as very well: Former U.S. President Donald Trump will serve as a visitor commentator for the heavyweight match in between Holyfield and his opponent, Vitor Belfort. The combat will headline the newest function from upstart boxing promotion outfit Triller Fight Club, and it is established to consider put this Saturday, Sept. eleven in Hollywood, FL.
Triller introduced Trump’s unique “unfiltered boxing commentary” in a push launch.
“I enjoy terrific fighters and terrific fights,” Trump said in the launch. “I seem ahead to observing each this Saturday night and sharing my feelings ringside. You won’t want to miss this unique function.”
This is rarely Trump’s first foray into the combat sports activities globe. The former commander-in-chief is a longtime friend of UFC President Dana White, and Trump hosted quite a few UFC occasions at his casinos in Atlantic Metropolis in the early 2000s. Far more not too long ago, he’s attended a range of blockbuster UFC occasions as White’s visitor, which include UFC 244 in 2019 and UFC 264 this earlier July. He’s also rubbed shoulders with a lengthy listing of boxing and MMA champions more than the several years, from Mike Tyson to Fedor Emelianenko.
Insider ties aside, Trump will have a hefty activity on his palms when he dons his headset for Saturday’s combat: The matchup is unusual in a lot of ways.
Holyfield, 58, is commonly regarded as one particular of the finest boxers of his generation, but he has not fought skillfully since he stopped Denmark’s Brian Nielsen more than a ten years in the past. The 44-calendar year-aged Belfort, on the other hand, is the former UFC gentle heavyweight champion, and he’s viewed as an MMA legend. Even so, Belfort has only boxed skillfully at the time before—way back again in 2006, when he knocked out a veritable no person in Josemario Neves.
Belfort was originally slated to combat former 6-division boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya in the primary function of this Saturday’s Triller Fight Club card, but approved a quick-detect matchup with the far older Holyfield immediately after a constructive COVID-19 check pressured De La Hoya out of the contest. Belfort and Holyfield will combat for a utmost of 8 two-moment rounds.
Trump’s commentary will be minimal to the Belfort vs. Holyfield combat, but that is not all this Saturday’s function has to supply.
In the evening’s co-primary function, former UFC gentle heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, forty six, will consider on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, also forty six, in a 195-pound expert boxing match. The bout, contested for a utmost of 8 two-moment rounds, will mark Ortiz’s boxing debut. Silva, on the other hand, has boxed skillfully twice prior to, defeating Julio Cesar De Jesus in his debut back again in 2005 and authoring a big upset with a choice gain more than Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. this earlier June.
Saturday’s card will also characteristic a heavyweight clash in between former cruiserweight and heavyweight champ David Haye, 40, and businessman-turned-boxer Joe Fournier, 38. The bout will be Haye’s first since a 2018 stoppage decline to Tony Bellew. Fournier, meanwhile, very last fought at a Triller Fight Club present in April when he battered reggaeton performer and first-time boxer Reykon to a stoppage gain. The Haye-Fournier bout will also be contested for a utmost of 8 two-moment rounds.
Saturday’s Triller Fight Club card will air on pay back-per-look at via FITE Tv with a price tag of $fifty.
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