Evander Holyfield is looking to defy time itself when he gets in the ring this Saturday.
The Real Deal gets back in the ring after just over 10 years away to take on former UFC star Vitor Belfort.
Holyfield, the only boxer to ever reign undisputed champion in two weight division, turns 59 in October.
There have been some concerns from fans about the former Olympian taking this fight, especially on short notice. Holyfield is stepping in for Oscar De La Hoya who is currently battling COVID.
As part of his preparations for the event, FITE TV broadcasted a training session with Holyfield where the all-time great worked the pads. Take a look at the video:
The results have many fans very concerned for Holyfield, a man who has been retired for over a decade.
His reflexes appear slow, but even more worryingly, he was struggling to articulate himself in the interview beforehand.
As you can see by the Twitter reaction, people are genuinely worried for a fighter they love.
His shadow boxing amongst his pad work showed his age. Holyfield has nothing to be ashamed of, but perhaps those who granted him a licence to box in Florida do.
Holyfield hears those concerns, but he says he ‘wants to take a chance’.
“The thing is, I have more experience in boxing,” Holyfield stated. “The fact of the matter is I would have a problem if I was gonna do MMA, because that ain’t what I do.
“But I know I do boxing and I took care of myself real well. The fact is, I’m going in there with an MMA guy, and yeah, he does a couple of things right. He knows how to throw punches and he can deliver hard shots, but I can do more. I just bring more to the game because [of all] the years of doing it.
“I kind of feel that you’ve got to have a lot of confidence to get in the sport and get it with me when I’ve been doing it a lot longer.
“I’ve been doing boxing since I was 8 years old. I know good and well I ain’t gonna come down and try to wrestle them guys. I don’t want to have to watch out for a foot or a chokehold, someone grabbing my arm and breaking my arm. I just said, ‘I want to take a chance.’”
Holyfield will main event against Belfort – who has one professional boxing match on his record some 16 years ago – while names like Anderson Silva and David Haye are also in action.