Vitor Belfort Ends Evander Holyfield’s Boxing Comeback with First-Round TKO

Evander Holyfield in 2019
Evander Holyfield in 2019. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock (12417525ai)

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield saw his boxing comeback end in an unspectacular fashion over the weekend. Holyfield managed to last less than two minutes in the ring against ex-UFC light heavyweight champion before the referee stepped in and awarded the win to his opponent via technical knock-out.

Holyfield, who had his last boxing match in 2011, wasn’t even supposed to fight Belfort. The 58-year-old only stepped in after Belfort’s original opponent Oscar De La Hoya was ruled out of the fight due to a positive COVID-19 test.

It didn’t take long to see that this was the wrong decision.

Belfort, boxing only for the second time in his career, overwhelmed Holyfield with his physicality and well-placed punches from the get-go. Holyfield managed to land once, but besides that, he was mostly focused on damage control.

This proved to be a tough task, as Belfort sent Holyfield on the canvas twice in the first minute and half of the fight. Holyfield returned on his feet both times, but the referee decided to put an end to the fight after another vicious attack from Belfort.

Speaking with ESPN after the fight, Belfort said that he didn’t feel any remorse for his opponent despite his age and pointed out that Holyfield tried to knock him out early in the bout.

“He came very hard in the beginning. It’s a fight. He’s a legend,” Belfort added.

Since the fight was sanctioned as an exhibition, Evander Holyfield keeps his 44-10-2 professional record. Overall, it was his first loss since his 2008 fight against Nikolai Valuev for the WBA heavyweight title.

Vitor Belfort, on the other hand, is 2-0 in his two boxing matches. He holds a 26-14 MMA record.