The Exact Winners and Losers from the Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort Card

The Exact Winners and Losers from the Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort Card

Lyle Fitzsimmons@@fitzbitzTwitter LogoFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2021

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    Three ex-UFC champions. Two worn cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing kingpins. Snoop Dogg in a “duet” with Marvin Gaye. And the fellow who started 2021 as leader of the free world.

    Set aside them all together on a Saturday night in South Florida, and also you would possibly maybe well even occupy gotten yourself an tournament that’ll be recalled far extra for pomp, circumstance and logistical chaos than for lingering aggressive worth.

    B/R’s combat sports actions team used to be within the house for “Triller Fight Membership – Legends II,” a four-bout pay-per-search for expose broadcast from Exhausting Rock Are residing at the Seminole Exhausting Rock Resort & On line casino in Hollywood—a 7,000-seat venue situated about 30 miles northwest of Miami’s South Seaside.

    The expose used to be Triller’s put together-up to remaining November’s exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., which used to be amongst 2020’s top PPV events. The sequel used to be to characteristic worn MMA ace, Vitor Belfort, against Oscar De La Hoya, however the 48-365 days-aged boxer used to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and used to be changed atop the invoice by 58-365 days-aged Evander Holyfield, a two-time Tyson foe who’d remaining fought in public in 2011.

    It used to be firstly role for the Staples Middle in Los Angeles but moved across the nation throughout battle week after the California Relate Athletic Price balked at sanctioning an tournament with Holyfield competing.

    Moreover, the published used to be to charge the battle-calling return of longtime HBO stalwart Jim Lampley, who signed a take care of Triller within the spring. On the opposite hand, he exited quickly after the announcement that ex-president Donald Trump would possibly maybe well well be featured on a separate “unfiltered boxing commentary” feed.

    No explicit reason used to be given for Lampley’s departure, though a source suggested B/R that “[Lampley] still expects to name fights.”

    Trump labored the mic with son Donald Jr., UFC previous school Jorge Masvidal and ESPN alum Todd Grisham.

    As soon as the PPV used to be purchased, customers would possibly maybe well also toggle between English, Spanish and Trump.

    Shawn Porter used to be role to team with Lampley on the principle broadcast but as a change labored alongside 50 Cent and Ray Flores.

    All that talked about, the expose did paddle on and B/R dealt with its industry amid the tumult to position together a definitive checklist of the night’s winners and losers. Click on by to ogle what we came up with, and tumble a line or two within the feedback to bellow us what you idea, too.

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    Amanda Westcott, Triller Fight Membership

    Smartly, as a minimal he regarded able to battle.

    Despite the proven truth that Holyfield used to be a easy, muscular 225.4 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in, he used to be little bigger than a hollow shell of his championship self by shedding in a monstrous first-round TKO in Saturday’s distinguished tournament.

    Merely a month fearful of his 59th birthday, Holyfield used to be unsteady on his toes early on, used to be pushed to the canvas by a looping left-true-left aggregate and used to be rescued throughout a tradition-up aggregate from Belfort that even drew a gasp of surprise from longtime fan and buddy in Trump.

    The reliable time used to be 1 minute, 49 seconds.

    “[Belfort’s] stock is even better tonight,” Trump talked about, addressing the opponents and the gang in a brief submit-battle speech. “You beat somebody who would possibly maybe well also very smartly be a few of the ideal of all time. I have been with Evander a really lengthy time, and I’ve by no blueprint considered that happen to him. Or no longer it’s accurate a model of issues.”

    Belfort, who’d stopped Josemario Neves 15 years ago after a single round within the ideal reliable legitimate boxing match for either fighter, former the surprising platform to praise Trump, name for cohesion in his adopted home nation and venture social media boxing ringleader Jake Paul to a $30 million winner-capture-all match.

    Paul fought one more ex-UFC champion, Tyron Woodley, to a grueling shatter up-decision accumulate remaining month.

    The venture used to be issued for late November, on the anniversary of Triller’s Tyson-Jones debut remaining 365 days.

    “I’m going to convey it encourage. I’m going to convey it tougher,” Belfort talked about. “Obtain ready boxers. You would possibly maybe well even occupy got to reach encourage to my world.

    “[Jake Paul] you would possibly maybe well even occupy gotten my admire, but I’m going to position you in my lap. You are going to be fancy a child.”

    For Holyfield, the loss all but killed any likelihood for a third bout with Tyson, whom he beat in 1996 and 1997 and had lengthy talked about used to be his most smartly-appreciated target for any prolonged ring return.

    The worn four-time champion threw jabs and espresso true hands at the outset but perceived to straggle on a space within the ring as Belfort threw a punch and therefore nearly fell by the ropes whereas missing a broad shot of his hold.

    He used to be rattled soon after by a lengthy left, then went down as a subsequent true hand and left uppercut landed. He rose and re-engaged, but Belfort drove him across the ring with one more flurry and resulted in an intervention from referee Sam Burgos.

    The crowd booed the stoppage in valid-time as Holyfield protested, but video replays confirmed how greatly the punches had landed.

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    Amanda Westcott, Triller Fight Membership

    Ought to you didn’t fancy the premise of Tito Ortiz in a hoop, make no longer pain.

    It most definitely will no longer happen all over again.

    The self-professed MMA substandard boy and vocal Trump supporter lasted lower than half a round in his legitimate boxing debut, taking a single arduous true hand and spending the next 10 seconds flat on his face on how to a KO loss to fellow ex-UFC champ Anderson Silva in a scheduled eight-rounder.

    The reliable time, if you saved rep, used to be 1 minute and 21 seconds.

    Ortiz, 46, who won six of 9 UFC title fights from 1999 to 2006, hadn’t competed professionally since 2019 and had a stint earlier this 365 days on the metropolis council in his fatherland of Huntington Seaside, Calif.

    On the opposite hand, he promised mayhem against Silva a day after missing weight and strode to the ring carrying a flag with loud backing from the “Exact American” theme music made approved by Hulk Hogan within the 1980s.

    He charged at Silva at the outlet bell and threw combinations of huge, gradual punches as the Brazilian all in favour of defense. The battle went to a nook as Ortiz persisted to unload till the second he used to be struck by a counter true from Silva that pitched him forward in direction of the ring submit.

    A tradition-up left drove him to the floor, the put he used to be counted out by referee Christopher Young.

    “I anticipated extra from this battle,” Silva talked about. “, I trained arduous, confirmed my admire for the boxing world. The grandmaster Bruce Lee talked about, ‘Be water, my buddy.’ That’s what I did at the present time.”

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    Amanda Westcott, Triller Fight Membership

    Whaddya know?

    Even on Used Timers Night, an valid battle can paddle.

    Misplaced amid a PPV circus whose winners were 46, 44 and 40 years aged, respectively, combative junior lightweights Jono Carroll and Andy Vences placed on the most spirited scrap of the expose with a 10-rounder billed as an eliminator for the WBA’s title within the division.

    Carroll, a 29-365 days-aged from Ireland, used to be deemed the winner by majority decision.

    Two judges gave him reliable nods of 97-93, whereas a third seen it even at 95 apiece.

    Nicknamed “King Kong,” Carroll used to be the extra aggressive and busier fighter for lots of of the rounds, combating effectively from a southpaw stance and constantly forcing his California-essentially based fully foe into exchanges.

    Vences did occupy his moments, though, opening a lower over Carroll’s true watch with arduous, valid counter photographs and each and every so regularly controlling house when he selected to battle off his entrance foot.

    A ringside physician took a lengthy gape at Carroll’s watch sooner than the ninth round. Vences stood in a just nook, encouraging the gang to chime in and for the battle to proceed.

    It did, and the followers were dropped at their toes several cases within the remaining six minutes sooner than greeting the opponents with an ovation at the remaining bell.

    Carroll misplaced to Tevin Farmer in a voice for the IBF title at 130 pounds in 2019 but is now 4-1 since then and 20-2-1 total since turning legitimate in 2012.

    Vences, meanwhile, fell to 23-3-1 since 2012, with all three losses coming in his remaining four fights. He arrived ranked seventh on this planet by the WBA, three slots under Carroll.

    “I’m no longer within the sport accurate to battle,” Carroll talked about. “If I cannot acquire to an world title, then farewell.

    “I make no longer fancy the sport to place in it accurate for the sake of staying in it. Every battle for me now would possibly maybe well well be with the blueprint of combating for an world title subsequent.”

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    Amanda Westcott, Triller Fight Membership

    No, David Haye is no longer ready for Tyson Fury.

    Or in all probability even Tommy Fury.

    But what he had left at age 40 used to be still bigger than passable to address comparative amateur Joe Fournier of their eight-round heavyweight “grudge match.”

    Absent from the ring for bigger than three years since consecutive stoppage losses to Tony Bellew, Haye regarded bigger than able to handling himself against a 38-365 days-aged foe who’d arrived with an unbeaten file against competition boasting a combined charge of 29-116-1.

    The battle used to be officially labeled an exhibition and used to be contested with two-minute rounds.

    Nicknamed “The Billionaire,” Fournier strolled to the ring with a strange mix of Winston Churchill and Los Lobos but had treasured little to provide in a while as Haye managed distance with an stuffed with life left jab and espresso put together-up true hands.

    Haye scored the battle’s lone knockdown with a jab within the remaining few seconds of the distinguished round and managed with regards to each and every session with the an identical blueprint, dodging Fournier’s occasional rushes and wild swings.

    The ex-cruiserweight and heavyweight title claimant called for the belt-toting Fury within the aftermath, but he’d be distinguished better suited to the burgeoning Triller senior circuit.

    Two judges scored it 79-72 in Haye’s prefer, whereas a third gave him each and every round on an 80-71 card.

    B/R agreed and gave Haye a 79-72 nod.

    “I did what I wanted to enact tonight. I wanted to expose the field I’ve got heaps left,” Haye talked about. “There would possibly maybe be one fighter I would reach encourage to legitimate boxing for, and that’s Tyson Fury. That gargantuan, chunky dosser.

    “I do know what he cannot address. I’m his kryptonite. I do know he is aware of it. His dad is aware of it. His uncle is aware of it. My overhand true, which I didn’t expose in there tonight. I didn’t are looking out for to apprehension him. If I let my true hand paddle, he wouldn’t be taking the battle.”

    Haye used to be a champion at cruiserweight following wins over Jean-Marc Mormeck and Enzo Maccarinelli in 2007 and 2008, respectively, then climbed to heavyweight to defeat then-WBA champion Nikolai Valuev in 2009. He defended with KOs over ex-champ John Ruiz and worn Olympian Audley Harrison but misplaced his belt by a broad decision to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.

    He used to be lazy for four years following his accumulate over Dereck Chisora in 2012, then scored two extra wins sooner than the consecutive losses to Bellew resulted in his retirement.

    “[Fury] thinks I’m 40 years aged. He thinks I’m done,” Haye talked about. “I have been out of the ring. I’ve accurate had one battle against Joe Fournier. He thinks it’ll be an effortless battle, and he’s defective. I do know he’s dodging Anthony Joshua on legend of he doesn’t desire that work. I’m going to present it to him. ‘The Hayemaker’ will reach for you. We were meant to battle in 2013—it didn’t happen. I’m healthy now. I will paddle.

    “Fans are looking out for to ogle Tyson Fury battle somebody who can knock him out. He’s been put down by blueprint lighter punchers than myself. [Steve] Cunningham with regards to had him out. Smaller guys occupy put him over. I do know what his kryptonite is, and he’s getting knocked out when we acquire within the ring.”

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    The people at Triller were clearly taking a gape to develop some noise.

    So, in direction of that end, their assortment of boom teams labored.

    Having Trump on the mic guaranteed an evening of constant social media buzz that a battle, paddle resolve, matching a 58-365 days-aged and a 44-365 days-aged would possibly maybe well also no longer otherwise occupy gotten.

    His commentary integrated predictable references to “substandard rigged choices” in boxing and political elections, no longer to illustrate mispronouncing Anderson Silva’s determine as “Anderson Silver.”

    And it used to be no diversified within the house in Hollywood, the put the worn chief govt used to be greeted upon arrival around 6: 30 p.m. with a “We take care of you, Mr. President” wail and put together-up cheers from the several dozen then within the constructing. He acknowledged the initial fancy with waves and thumbs-u.s.a.from a makeshift studio perched atop the seating house in a row of luxury packing containers.

    Naturally, no longer all within the constructing were pumped regarding the excessive-profile guest, which resulted in dueling chants at random formula throughout the evening.

    A flurry of “Let’s Lunge, Biden!” yellers were rapidly shouted down by a “F–k, Joe Biden!” answer, whereas a subsequent “We desire Trump!” chorus used to be interrupted at any time when by a “No, we make no longer” response from a few adjacent attendees.

    That talked about, the “noise” used to be no longer restricted to the worn and newest White Condo occupants.

    Porter and Flores were toasted when 50 Cent cracked start a bottle of champagne at ringside, and the card used to be supplemented by the presence of a still-youthful Mario Lopez, a silver-haired Michael Buffer and are residing musical guests Gente de Zona, Lunay and Anitta, who performed on the stage alongside the ring.

    Later, throughout a memorial 10-count for the victims of 9/11, a shouting lady carrying a “Wreck Unprecedented Tech” T-shirt used to be ejected from ringside. And extra encourage-and-forth chants broke out when Trump used to be shown on the gargantuan display following a stirring rendition of the national anthem by 9-365 days-aged D’Corey Johnson.

    “Here’s fancy a rally,” talked about Trump, who used to be criticized in other locations for participating within the tournament on the 20th anniversary of the attacks. “We take care of you all. We take care of this nation.”

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    Amanda Westcott, Triller Fight Membership

    Or no longer it’s an evening Eliezer Silva will consider perpetually.

    But he’ll be a few of the very few.

    The Los Angeles-essentially based fully Brazilian made his legitimate debut within the night’s first battle, pounding opponent Terry Roscoe for the majority of four rounds whereas scoring a unanimous decision of their middleweight acquire-together. 

    Imposing at 6’1″ and 158 pounds, Silva, 26, fought effectively from a left-handed stance throughout a 12-minute coming-out birthday celebration. It used to be handiest famous sooner than a few dozen early arrivals within the venue quickly after 6 p.m., though—an hour sooner than the pay-per-search for broadcast started.

    The amphitheater used to be so quiet, actually, that Porter’s command from the boom desk used to be clearly audible.

    Roscoe, who used to be dropped within the third round, misplaced for the sixth time in his remaining seven fights after successful his legitimate debut 13 months ago at the Dekalb County Coliseum in Fort Payne, Ala.

    In a second non-televised bout, Anthony Chavez fought to a majority device with Diuhl Olguin over six rounds at junior lightweight. One capture gave Chavez a 58-56 nod but used to be overruled by two 57-57 scorecards. 

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    Predominant Card

    Vitor Belfort def. Evander Holyfield by TKO, 1: 49, Round 1

    Anderson Silva def. Tito Ortiz by KO, 1: 21, Round 1

    Jono Carroll def. Andy Vences by majority decision (95-95, 97-93, 97-93)

    David Haye def. Joe Fournier by unanimous decision (79-72, 80-71, 79-72)

    Preliminary Card

    Anthony Chavez drew with Diuhl Olguin by majority decision (58-56, 57-57, 57-57)

    Eliezer Silva def. Terry Roscoe by unanimous decision (39-36, 39-36, 39-36)

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