Evander Holyfield was knocked down and soundly crushed in a single spherical with out touchdown a punch of his personal by Vitor Belfort on Saturday evening in Florida.
Holyfield is 58 years previous and was returning to boxing for the primary time in a decade at only a week’s discover to switch Oscar De La Hoya, 48.
However he was a ghost of his former self and located himself on the canvas twice earlier than the referee rescued him from additional punishment inside the primary spherical.
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Holyfield vs Belfort
Belfort landed hurtful punches on Holyfield
Holyfield was damage and staggered by an overhand left then, underneath strain, was bundled by way of the ropes. Though it didn’t rely as a knock-down, it was a warning.
Seconds later a Belfort left hand and uppercut had Holyfield flying backwards to the canvas.
Belfort vs Holyfield
Holyfield didn’t land a punch
Belfort let a flurry of punches go and, with nothing getting back from Holyfield, the referee jumped in to finish the struggle.
Belfort, 44, is an MMA icon whose solely skilled boxing expertise was 15 years in the past.
Holyfield is one in every of simply two males (alongside David Haye) to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight throughout a legendary profession that featured fights with Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.
Holyfield vs Belfort
Holyfield lasted lower than two minutes
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