Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr undercard: Evander Holyfield vs. Kevin McBride
By Sean Jones: Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield will be facing 47-year-old Kevin ‘The Clones Colossus’ McBride in a heavyweight match as the chief support for Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr card on Triller pay-per-view this summer on June 5th. Mike Coppinger is reporting the news of the Tyson – McBride match being added to the Teofimo card.
It’s debatable whether the inclusion of the Holyfield vs. McBride exhibition match will do much for the Teofimo – Kambosos Jr card in terms of selling tickets and pumping up the pay-per-view numbers.
It’s already a massive stretch to have IBF/WBA/WBC Franchise/WBO lightweight champion Teofimo’s mandatory defense against Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs) as a pay-per-view headliner, but to add an old timer’s fight between 58-year-old Holyfield and the soon to be 48-year-old McBride as the co-feature, it doesn’t sound like a great buy.
Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) is still well known, but he’s old and he hasn’t fought in 10 years since his 10th round knockout win over Brian Nielsen on May 7th, 2011.
Adding Holyfield to the card might attract some nostalgic fans, but you can’t imagine a lot of them want to see him taking on the former obscure Irish journeyman McBride.
For the boxing fans that have never heard of the 6’6″ Irish fighter McBride (35-10-1, 29 KOs), he’s a former journeyman that defeated an out-of-shape-looking Mike Tyson by a sixth-round stoppage in the final fight of his career on June 11th, 2005.
After having early success against the huge 271-lb McBride, Tyson gassed out in the fifth and began getting punished. Eventually, he quit and didn’t fight against for 15 years before coming back against Roy Jones Jr for an exhibition match last November.
After McBride’s upset win over Tyson in 2005, his career, such as it was, quickly sank into the bog with him losing to these fighters before retiring:
- Mike Mollo
- Andrew Golota
- Zack Page
- Matt Skelton
- Tomasz Adamek
- Mariusz Wach
Holyfield is one of many former boxing stars that are coming out of retirement to cash in on the interest from nostalgic fans in watching exhibition matches. Mike Tyson’s eight-round exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr last year on November 28th was a huge success for Triller.
Although fans weren’t happy with seeing the match scored an eight-round draw, they were still pleased to see Tyson and the 52-year-old Jones inside the ring once again.
Holyfield looks in great shape for a 58-year-old, but he also looked in excellent condition when his carer ended ten years ago. In the last nine years of Holyfield’s career, he was beaten five times by less than the best.
“Sources: Evander Holyfield returns June 5 in an exhibition bout as chief support to the Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos undisputed lightweight title bout on Triller Fight Club. Holyfield’s opponent is Kevin McBride, who stopped Mike Tyson in his final fight.
@SIChrisMannix first,” said @MikeCoppinger.
If Triller really wants to increase the buy-rate for the Teofimo vs. Kambosos Jr card, they need to add a couple of excellent fights between top fighters rather than dragging out Holyfield against Tyson’s old conqueror.
Fans wouldn’t mind seeing guys like Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, or Vasily Lomachenko in the co-feature spot for Teofimo’s fight against little-known Kambosos r.
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