Legendary boxer Evander Holyfield will step into the ring for the primary time in over a decade this weekend, however that’s not the one cause to observe the battle. There can be one other particular visitor readily available as properly: Former U.S. President Donald Trump will function a visitor commentator for the heavyweight match between Holyfield and his opponent, Vitor Belfort. The battle will headline the newest occasion from upstart boxing promotion outfit Triller Combat Membership, and it’s set to happen this Saturday, Sept. 11 in Hollywood, FL.
Triller introduced Trump’s particular “unfiltered boxing commentary” in a press launch.
“I like nice fighters and nice fights,” Trump acknowledged within the launch. “I look ahead to seeing each this Saturday evening and sharing my ideas ringside. You received’t wish to miss this particular occasion.”
That is hardly Trump’s first foray into the fight sports activities world. The previous commander-in-chief is a longtime buddy of UFC President Dana White, and Trump hosted a number of UFC occasions at his casinos in Atlantic Metropolis within the early 2000s. Extra just lately, he’s attended various blockbuster UFC occasions as White’s visitor, together with UFC 244 in 2019 and UFC 264 this previous July. He’s additionally rubbed shoulders with an extended record of boxing and MMA champions through the years, from Mike Tyson to Fedor Emelianenko.
Insider ties apart, Trump could have a hefty activity on his palms when he dons his headset for Saturday’s battle: The matchup is uncommon in some ways.
Holyfield, 58, is extensively thought to be among the best boxers of his era, however he has not fought professionally since he stopped Denmark’s Brian Nielsen over a decade in the past. The 44-year-old Belfort, alternatively, is the previous UFC mild heavyweight champion, and he’s thought of an MMA legend. Even so, Belfort has solely boxed professionally as soon as earlier than—manner again in 2006, when he knocked out a veritable no one in Josemario Neves.
Belfort was initially slated to battle former six-division boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya in the primary occasion of this Saturday’s Triller Combat Membership card, however accepted a short-notice matchup with the far older Holyfield after a constructive COVID-19 take a look at compelled De La Hoya out of the competition. Belfort and Holyfield will battle for a most of eight two-minute rounds.
Trump’s commentary can be restricted to the Belfort vs. Holyfield battle, however that’s not all this Saturday’s occasion has to supply.
Within the night’s co-main occasion, former UFC mild heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, 46, will tackle former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, additionally 46, in a 195-pound skilled boxing match. The bout, contested for a most of eight two-minute rounds, will mark Ortiz’s boxing debut. Silva, alternatively, has boxed professionally twice earlier than, defeating Julio Cesar De Jesus in his debut again in 2005 and authoring a serious upset with a call win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. this previous June.
Saturday’s card may even function a heavyweight conflict between former cruiserweight and heavyweight champ David Haye, 40, and businessman-turned-boxer Joe Fournier, 38. The bout can be Haye’s first since a 2018 stoppage loss to Tony Bellew. Fournier, in the meantime, final fought at a Triller Combat Membership present in April when he battered reggaeton performer and first-time boxer Reykon to a stoppage win. The Haye-Fournier bout may even be contested for a most of eight two-minute rounds.
Saturday’s Triller Combat Membership card will air on pay-per-view by way of FITE TV with a price ticket of $50.
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