During the tenure of former President Donald Trump, he was often associated with chaos, entertainment, and more. So, when he announced he and his son Donald J Trump Jr. would do commentary for the fight between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort, Donald seemed the perfect guy for the job.
Like Trump, Holyfield has long denied his career is over. He’s almost 59-years-old, hasn’t fought since 2014, and judging by the video footage of him shadow boxing, his reflexes appear slow and dull.
Holyfield is best known for biting his ears during the 1996 rematch and for squandering $240 million during his boxing career on ill-advised investments and other questionable decisions. He brought a home with 109 bedrooms (Rapper Rick Ross now owns it), but was later evicted in 2008 because he could not make the 10-million-dollar mortgage payments.
Holyfield fathered 11 children with six different women, and is responsible for child support, not to mention that he’s been divorced three times.
Holyfield was removed from his 109-bedroom estate in 2008Credit: Getty Images – Getty
When he challenges Belfort ( a UFC heavyweight world champion with a record of 26-14-0, as a UFC fighter), Holyfield is putting his life at risk, including dying in that ring. The fight, or rather debacle, will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, on pay-per-view for over $50.00.
Suppose the fight sells at a reasonable rate, without a doubt, it will be with Trump’s involvement, his theoretics, strong following, and sometimes diarrhea of the mouth.
Trump had hosted many boxing battles in the 1980s and 1990s when he owned casinos. Mike Tyson’s one-round destruction of Michael Spinks in 1988 for the undisputed championship was held at Trump Plaza.
“I love great fighters and great fights. I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event,” Trump said in a press release.
Former boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya was scheduled to fight Belfort on Saturday until he tested positive for Covid-19 on Sept. 3.
“I feel good about it,” Holyfield told the MMA Fighting website about the fight with Belfort. “I was training and was in shape enough that I feel I could do it. Realistically, if you’re coming into boxing, you’re really coming into my field,” he added. “I just want everyone to know that you have to be smart with what you want to do.”
Holyfield’s record is 44 wins, 10 losses, 2 draws, with 29 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017 and hasn’t fought since 2014. This is Belfort’s second boxing fight.