“They Asked Me, Would I Fight?” Evander Holyfield Reveals on How Many Days Notice He Took the Belfort Fight

Published 09/10/2021, 10:00 AM EDT


Evander Holyfield will take on Vitor Belfort in one of the most bizarre cards of the year. The former cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion will step into the ring after more than a decade since his last fight. He will go up against the former UFC champion Vitor Belfort.

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Triller Fight Club’s second installment of the LEGENDS card will take place on Saturday, September 11 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood Florida. The original thriller fight card saw ‘The Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya take on Vitor Belfort. However, De La Hoya contracted COVID, and they hospitalized him.

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In an interview with FIGHT HUB TV, Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield revealed how many days’ notice he took the fight on. The interviewer started out by asking him how he’s feeling ahead of his fight. “You know, I feel good, I don’t have no concerns” Holyfield replied.

The reporter then asked him when he found out Triller was going to sub him in for Oscar De La Hoya. “When they asked me about it. They asked me, you know, would I fight? Because the other guy that I was gonna fight, wasn’t gonna fight me, so it’s easy to go on into it. Three days, probably three or four days.”

At the age of 58, Evander Holyfield took a fight with less than a week’s notice. Holyfield also claimed that he was in training for the past two years and Belfort would be fighting him in his sport, which is why he did not seem concerned about the short time span he got before the fight.

However, many fans expressed their concerns after watching Holyfield train during the open media workout.

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Evander Holyfield addresses concerns ahead of his fight

‘The Real Deal’ is one of the most experienced boxers in boxing history. With a career that spanned across 26 years of his life. Holyfield has dedicated more than half his life to ‘The sweet science’. This is one of the reasons he seems so confident going into the fight against Belfort despite being 14 years older than his opponent.

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Holyfield assured fans that Belfort is coming into his sport. If the fight was an MMA fight, Holyfield himself would be concerned. However, Belfort is stepping into his ring, in his game, the game that he dominated for so long. Who do you think will win on Saturday?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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