Holyfield vs. Belfort, Haye vs Fournier – live results & photos
By Jeff Aronow: Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort made easy work of 58-year-old former two-division world champion Evander Holyfield in stopping him in the first round on Saturday night in their eight round scheduled fight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The 44-year-old Belfort knocked Holyfield down with a hard left to the head. After Holyfield got back up, Belfort unloaded with a storm of shots the resulted in the referee stopping the slaughter.
This loss wrecks Holyfield’s hoped-for trilogy match with 55-year-old former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. There’s no way that Triller would be able to sell a fight between Holyfield and Tyson at this point after we saw tonight.
Boxing News 24 will be giving live updates below:
Hard Rock Live – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida.
- Former UFC champion Anderson Silva destroyed Tito Ortiz by a first round knockout. Silva came out fast out of the gates, landing a big shot that knocked Ortiz out cold. Silva needs to focus on fighting real boxers instead of MMA guys like Ortiz because this was too easy for him tonight.
- Jono Carroll (22-6, 5 KOs) defeated Andy Vences (23-3-1, 12 KOs) by a 10 round majority decision in WBA super featherweight title eliminator. The scores were 95-95, 97-93, and 97-93.
- David Haye (29-4, 26 KOs) defeated his good friend Joe Fournier (9-1, 9 KOs) by an eight round unanimous decision in a strange-looking fight that looked fake. It seemed clear that the former two-division world champion Haye, 40, carried his buddy Fournier rather than blasting him out. The scores were 79-72, 80-71, and 79-72. Interestingly, Haye used the spotlight after the match to ask Tyson Fury to give him a title shot. The way that Fury has stalled out his career, it wouldn’t be surprising if he accommodates Haye.
- Super featherweight Anthony Chavez (9-1-1, 3 KOs) fought journeyman Diuhl Olguin (15-19-5, 10 KOs) to a six round majority draw. The judges scored the fight 58-56, 57-57, and 57-57.
- Middleweight prospect Eliezer Silva (1-0) defeated Terry Roscoe (2-5) by a four round unanimous decision. The scores were 39-36, 39-36, and 39-36.
There should be a good medical team on hand tonight if one of these old guys gets hurt inside the ring.
I wouldn’t say this is an exciting fight on paper, as both guys are old and well past it. But it’s interesting because it’s like watching a car wreck.
You have to look at it because it’s so bad, but you know it’s not likely to be good, especially with some of the poor products we’ve seen lately with MMA guys talking on YouTubers and an old Floyd Mayweather Jr.
When is the Start time, date, location Holyfield vs. Belfort?
The Holyfield vs. Belfort card kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT on September 11th, at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida
No one knows what they’re going to get from the 58-year-old former two-division world champion Holyfield (44-10-1, 29 KOs) and the 44-year-old Belfort (1-0, 1 KOs) due to their inactivity.
We know that Belfort is giving away 20+ lbs of weight, and he’s never fought a quality boxer before.
Belfort’s experience inside a boxing ring is limited to one professional fight fifteen years ago in 2006 against a fighter making his pro debut named Josemario Neves (0-1).
That never fought again after that one fight. So basically, Belfort has zero experience inside the boxing ring because you can’t count Neves as experience. Belfort might as well had a punching bag inside the ring for him to hit on the night.
With Belfort, he’s never fought anyone remotely as talented with their fists as Holyfield, and that includes his many years in the MMA. Those guys lack the talent to step in the ring and compete with top boxers. Hence, they fail when they try and compete with real boxers.
This fight is different, though, because Holyfield is so old and past that even a guy like Belfort has a shot at winning, as long as he doesn’t gas out after a handful of rounds.
What we saw from Holyfield during his media workouts this week wasn’t promising. He looked so old and slow that he appeared to be throwing shots in slow motion when working the mitts with his trainer.
How to watch Holyfield vs. Belfort?
Fans can watch Holyfield vs. Belfort on Triller Fight Club pay-per-view starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT for $49.99 in the U.S. It can be ordered through FITE.TV. In the UK, they can see the fight for £9.99 [$13.99].
This fight is important for Holyfield, as he could face former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson next if he comes out victorious.
This will be the third fight between the two former heavyweight champions if it comes off. Holyfield defeated Tyson in 1996 by a knockout and in 1997 by a third round disqualification after being bit in the ear.
Tyson, 55, is reportedly going to be ringside tonight to watch the fight, and it’s possible he could enter the ring afterward to start hyping his fight with Holyfield. Tyson recently came out of a long 15-year retirement to fight Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match ruled as a draw.
The undercard for Holyfield vs. Belfort:
- David Haye vs. Joe Fournier
- Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz
- Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll
The 40-year-old Haye will be coming out of retirement to face his friend Fournier. This fight will last as long as Haye wants it to. If he chooses to take it easy on his buddy, it’ll go the distance.
Evander Holyfield will be returning to the ring for the first time in ten years to battle former UFC champion Victor Belfort on Triller pay-per-view at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Holyfield vs. Belfort will count on the professional records of the two fighters, as the Florida State Athletic Commission has sanctioned the fight.
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