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Belfort Stops Holyfield in the Opening Round of a Sad Spectacle

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  • Belfort Stops Holyfield in the Opening Round of a Sad Spectacle

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    By Arne K. Lang

    “Heads should roll,” said the noted author Tris Dixon in his preview of tonight’s Triller Fight Club event in Hollywood, Florida. Indeed, yes, and the first head to roll should be that of Patrick Cunningham, the Executive Director of the Florida State Athletic Commission which allowed Evander Holyfield to step back into the ring after an absence of more than ten full years. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has higher priorities, but if he allows this clown to go back to work on Monday morning, then he’s been remiss (to put it mildly).

    Holyfield was one of the greatest warriors in the annals of the sweet science but he took a lot of punishment during a career in which he answered the bell for 443 rounds and tonight against 44-year-old former MMA star Vitor Belfort he fought like a man who will turn 59 years old next month.

    Holyfield had no offense unless one counts the errant left hook that he threw, the momentum of which carried him through the ropes. Moments later, Belfort knocked him down with a left uppercut. Holyfield got up, but Belfort got right on top of him and Holyfield’s reflexes were too shot to give anything back in return. Referee Max Burgos wisely stepped in and waived it off at the 1:49 mark of the opening round.

    The promoter billed this farce as “the most anticipated heavyweight fight of the year.” It was a fight indeed, not an exhibition, but BoxRec chose not to list it as such, so it may not appear in Holyfield’s record.


    The saving grace of this card was the 10-round junior lightweight tilt between San Jose’s Andy Vences and Ireland’s Jono Carroll. Vences, 30, was making his first start since losing a split decision to Luis Alberto Lopez in July of last year – the same Lopez that manhandled Gabriel Flores last night in Tucson. Carroll, 29, was making his second appearance on U.S. soil, having come up short in a bid for Tevin Farmer’s 130-pound title on Farmer’s turf in Philadelphia in 2019. Although Carroll (born Jonathon Beresford) lost a wide decision, that was a fan-friendly fight.

    Vences, who signed with Top Rank after opening his career 12-0, was once thought to be a fighter with a big upside. But that opinion was tempered when he lost to Lopez, and tonight he dropped down a bit further in public esteem. Carroll, one of boxing’s most interesting characters, overcame a damaged right eye to win a majority decision (95-95, 97-93 twice).


    The boxing match between 46-year-old MMA legends Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz also ended in the opening round. It was all over in 81 seconds.

    Fighting with his back against the ropes, Silva unloaded a counter right hook that put Ortiz down hard, detaching him from his senses. Earlier this year, in June at Guadalajara, Silva won a split decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.


    In an 8-round exhibition with two-minute rounds, 40-year-old David Haye returned to the ring after a three-and-a-half-year absence and was credited with a unanimous decision in a make-believe fight with former protégé Joe Fournier, a 38-year-old London businessman.

    Haye, who once appeared headed to the Boxing Hall of Fame, was a world title-holder at cruiserweight and heavyweight. In his last two legitimate fights, Haye fell to pieces against Tony Bellew.

    Fournier was 9-0 (9 KOs) heading in, but was wallowing in the muck. His last five opponents were a combined 2-40. This bout will not count against his professional record.

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  • #2
    During the promotion, President Trump was recanting an amusing story about Tyson-Spinks and he said that when he was escorting people to their seats at his casino in 89 had to tell them, “sorry sir, turn around and go the other direction because the fights over.” No Holy didn’t win but it was a real fight.

    Belfort came to win, and he did.


    • #3
      Jim Lampley withdraws from Holyfield-Belfort commentating duty

      Lampley was slated to call the show alongside Shawn Porter

      A man of integrity


      • #4
        “You wouldn’t last two minutes in my world,” says Tyson. ⏰ 🔥


        • #5
          George Foreman, despite the loss of the "Rumble in the Jungle", was never ever really "beaten up" not minding his later day Muhammad Ali confessions. So when he came out of a 10-year retirement at age 38 to win back the title at 45, it was really minus 10 years for him actuarially.
          So it has been a path strewn with hazards for many "retirees" trying to mimic Foreman who simply picked up from where he stopped in his knockout rampage. Ask Larry Holmes in his own short-lived "comeback". Ask Dwight Mohammed Quawi (hitherto Braxton) -- one of Foreman's victims -- a former light-heavyweight great then fighting as a heavyweight.
          Holyfield, who gave as much as he received during his warlike fighting days, was foolish to embark on this ill-advised escapade at almost 60 years of age. 'nuff said.


          • #6
            Agree 100 percent. Thank you for posting.