As many expected, the main event of Triller’s show with Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort had a sad conclusion.
Holyfield, who is 59 next month, was beaten in the first round bt Belfort after the referee was forced to step in.
The former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion slipped early and nearly fell out of the ring, but then he was knocked down with a left hand moments later.
Once he got back to his feet, Belfrot rained shots down on him and although Holyfield covered up, he offered no replies of his own and the referee, who was clearly looking to step in, stopped the fight.
Many fans were upset that Holyfield was granted a licence to get in a boxing ring full stop. But to see the way the fight ended and so quickly, it was both the best and worst case scenario.
Holyfield was not happy with the stoppage, though.
“The guy pushed me, the guy is strong,” the 58 year old said after the fight.
“But I wasn’t hurt. There wasn’t no shot that hurt me real bad. He got me with a shot and I was off-balance. I’m not hurt. It’s kind of sad.
“I think it was a bad call, he shouldn’t have stopped the fight that quick.”
Still, when 50 Cent proposed the idea of facing Mike Tyson for a third time in an exhibition, The Real Deal was open to the idea and said: “Of course I would.”
It’s fair to say not many boxing fans want to see that now. Holyfield looks magnificent, but just like his pad work suggested ahead of the fight, his reflexes aren’t what they used to be and that’s to be expected.
The Florida Boxing Commission should really be held accountable for this result and letting Holyfield, on six days notice no less, take this fight.