American fighter Evander Holyfield, 58, unnecessarily exposed himself in the ring and fell categorically in the first round to Brazilian Vitor Belfort, former champion of the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC).
The former heavyweight and cruiserweight titleholder lasted just 1 minute and 26 in the ring, as the referee of the contest in the city of Hollywood, Florida, decided to stop the fight, after the Alabama boxer was knocked down in Two occasions.
Holyfield, who will turn 59 next October, replaced in this fight-exhibition scheduled for a maximum of 8 rounds, today’s boxing businessman Oscar De la Hoya, who was infected with Covid and had to get out of the evening.
The Brazilian, who made his debut in boxing, dominated the actions from the beginning and connected the blows that made a dent in a stunned opponent
With 34 seconds remaining until the end of the first round, the judge stopped the punishment and proclaimed the victory by technical knockout of the 44-year-old South American boxer.
Holyfield, the same one who beat Mike Tyson twice (1996 and 1997) and who had previously fought in 2011 against the Danish Brian Nielsen, was left with a record of 44 wins (29 on the fast track), 10 losses and 2 draws .
The central fight of the evening organized at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood featured comments for a television network from the former president of the United States, Donald Trump.
In the co-main event, the Brazilian Anderson Silva, 46, who had just defeated the Mexican Julio César Chávez Jr., defeated the American Tito Ortiz by ko in the first round.