On Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield will return to the ring against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort.
The contest will headline a pay-per-view event being staged by the Triller app.
Holyfield, 58-years-old, steps in on late notice to replace Oscar De La Hoya, who last week withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Hall of Famer has been out of the ring since 2011, but he’s confident in his ability to beat Belfort.
Belfort, 44-years-old, holds the record for the most knockouts in UFC history. He’s had a single boxing match in his combat sports career, back in 2006, with a KO victory being secured in the first round.
“When Oscar De La Hoya came down with COVID they asked me to fight Vitor Belfort. Training is what I do, like I tell the young people if you do things right, it will work out for you, that works for older folks too,” Holyfield said.
“Boxing is a game and I know how to prepare for it against Vitor Belfort. I’m sure if I was getting in his game, I’d be in trouble but he’s getting into my game so he’s in trouble.
“I’ve been training for over two years because there were fights mentioned against other fighters. I realize now as I prepare to face Belfort I’m in good shape and I don’t get out of shape. I think I look alright but this is after two years of solid training.”
“When I was young I didn’t have any bad habits and so I’m older now and feel good. I learned my whole life you’ll never be successful in life if you don’t take chances, that’s throughout my whole career.”