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Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort Tips - Back Belfort to KO Holyfield

  • This is the Main Event of Triller Fight Club: Legends 2 
  • Eight-round bout will take place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday night (03:00 BST on Sunday)
  • Holyfield makes his comeback at the age of 58
  • Holyfield is a 4-time heavyweight boxing champion
  • Belfort, 44, is a former UFC light heavyweight champion
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Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort pose during a press conference ahead of their heavyweight fight on September 11 (Eric Espada/Getty Images)
Vitor Belfort can knock out former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield in the main event of Triller Fight Club: Legends 2 in Florida on Saturday night.

The decision to grant 58-year-old Holyfield a licence to fight as a late substitute for the COVID-19-stricken Oscar Dela Hoya has been widely criticised. He has looked painfully slow in training footage and that could erase the experience and technique advantage he has. Belfort can use his speed to get inside and his power to beat up and finish a washed-up Holyfield.

Holyfield is one of the all-time greats in boxing having compiled a 44-10-2 record with 1 No Contest. He was unbeaten as a cruiserweight, becoming undisputed world champion by knocking out Carlos de Leon in 1988.

Holyfield moved up to heavyweight after that and became WBA, WBC and IBF champion in October 1990 when he knocked out Buster 'Buster' Douglas – the man who dethroned Mike Tyson in a massive upset – inside just three rounds.

Holyfield went on to make three successful defences before losing via decision to Riddick Bowe. He regained the WBA and IBF belts by avenging that loss to Bowe but in his very next fight lost them to Michael Moorer.

Holyfield went 2-1 in his next three fights to land a shot at Tyson and he knocked out ‘Iron Mike’ in November 1996 to regain the WBA belt. ‘The Real Deal’ then retained the belt in an infamous rematch with Tyson that saw the former champion bite off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear.

He would return to avenge that previous loss to Moorer in 1998 before twice taking on Lennox Lewis. Holyfield escaped with a highly controversial draw in the first fight but was no match for Lewis several months later when they fought again, losing via decision.

He would win the world title one more time after that before hanging up his gloves after a run of seven wins, five losses, one draw and one No Contest between March 2001 and May 2011.

Belfort is a legend of mixed martial arts, compiling a 26-14 record with 1 No Contest. Of his 26 victories, 18 of them came via strikes and 15 of them included punches in the finish to the fight.

During his multiple stints with the UFC he won the light-heavyweight championship and twice fought for the middleweight title. Belfort went on a three-fight win streak in 2013 that saw him knock out Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson to earn a middleweight title fight. 

He lost that title fight with Chris Weidman, and after that he went 2-3 with 1 No Contest in his final six fights. His final stoppage victory came in November 2015 when he knocked out fellow legend Dan Henderson.

Belfort may be known mostly as an MMA fighter, he does have one professional boxing match on his record. The Brazilian needed 61 seconds to knock out fellow countryman Josemario Neves in April 2006.

Verdict

Holyfield has no business being in a boxing ring. He turns 59 next month and looks every bit the old man in training footage. Technique and experience may mean nothing here. Belfort could be too fast and too spiteful with his punches for Holyfield to hear the final bell.

Best Bet: Belfort To Win @-250 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Belfort KO/TKO Method of Victory @-105.26 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
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