IT’s official – Evander Holyfield is back in the ring TONIGHT.
It was supposed to be the return of ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya but after the former six-weight champ caught Covid-19, Holyfield stepped in.
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De Le Hoya looked set to follow legends Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather by returning to the ring in recent months before his unfortunate diagnosis.
But Holyfield, 58, will get that chance instead, with the event being moved to Florida, as the California State Athletic Commission refused to license ‘The Real Deal’.
When is Holyfield vs Belfort?
- This contest is all set for Saturday, September 11.
- It will take place in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida.
- The fight is set for eight rounds of three minutes.
- Action on the undercard starts at 1am BST, so expect the main event around 4am on Sunday morning in the UK.
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
Here in the UK, you’ll be able to watch on FITE.TV.
The streaming only service will provide the undercard and main event for $23.99, which is around £17.
- Holyfield vs Belfort, September 11 – stream here
You can also follow all the action right here on SunSport with our live blog.
Who is fighting on the undercard?
David Haye comes out of retirement to fight Joe Fournier on the bill.
And Anderson Silva takes on Tito Ortiz.
- Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort
- Anderson Silva vs Tito Ortiz
- Andy Vences vs Jono Carroll
- David Haye vs Joe Fournier
What they said
Holyfield has previously spoken of his dream to return to boxing, and now he’ll get his chance against Belfort.
“Where an opportunity is available, I like to make the best out of what I have. I believe if I fought Mike [Tyson] the fight will generate $200million,” he told SunSport back in May.
“It will be the biggest fight there is. That’s the honest truth. I think Mike has my message already. If he is going to do it he is, if not then he’s not.
“It’s a decision he has to make now and we both have to be in an agreement.”
Before the De La Hoya fight was cancelled, Belfort had been planning for a clash with Holyfield in December, but will get that opportunity three months early.
“After September, December is me vs Holyfield. Get ready for the crossover!” He said.
We are taking over, Triller is bringing the fights. A huge dream.”