Let’s face it, we’re in the boxing season of the famous crossover / boxers, with a weird and weird combination. Saturday’s Triller Fight Club is as weird as the paycheck in Hollywood, Florida.
No, this time there won’t be a YouTube star at the main event, but the tickets, faded MMA star Vitor Belfort and four-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, offer a real buffet at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel. questions, concerns and doubts along with the promise of violence.
As the tickets come out this weekend, let’s take a look at the biggest stories.
1. Oscar De La Hoya has been the real draw for this card: This has no respect for the legendary wrestling career of Holyfield, who replaced De La Hoya last week after COVID 19 or Belfort was hospitalized, but the 47-year-old “Golden Boy” was a huge draw in his time, seeing him pointing gloves after retiring on his own 13 years ago that his subterfuge was a real hook. De La Hoya’s personal life has been a constant whirlwind since he left his final career in 2008 against Manny Pacquiao and hoped to use boxing as a way to stop the personal demons of addiction.
Now, getting out of the card gives the intrigue a huge hit, especially since he never made any returns before. Saturday’s main event, which combines retired MMA legends and the titles of Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz, features fighters who have been somewhat decently active in recent years. De La Hoya was also ready to fight with a contracted weight (185 pounds), which is more than 25 pounds above the highest he competed in a boxing ring, which increased the risk of measurement.
2. The circumstances surrounding the return of Evander Holyfield are worrying, at best: Let’s not throw any blows here: Holyfield shouldn’t be in the ring this weekend. In fact, there is a strong argument that a 58-year-old should take blows to the head, let alone someone like Holyfield, who has struggled 57 times in his 27-year career. It’s been 16 years since Holyfield was established in an indefinite break by the state of New York, which denied it permission to fight.
Having been active in the Hall of Fame as a professional for another six years was not bad enough until he retired in 2011 at the age of 48. But putting Holyfield back against a 44-year-old Belfort as strong as he was, he was active in the UFC three years ago because of his skilled hands and a well-known MMA striker, and has a history of performance-enhancing drug problems. , is nothing but a crime.
What should Holyfield gain at this age in his progress? Nothing. It was bad enough that Triller had previously planned to return to McKride against 48-year-old Kevin McBride, who had never been so good and is only known for retiring Mike Tyson alive in 2005. Belfort offers another level. it was a dangerous danger in a rivalry that made Triller worse, knowing that the California State Athletic Commission would deny Holyfield his license at his age, he immediately took the entire ticket to Florida because of his lax governing body. Everything about this is gross.
3. Unfortunately, the Holyfield story gets worse: As if that were possible, it’s hard to pass that up: Holyfield added to the card by filing a lawsuit against Triller after a few days after asking for an unpaid $ 5 million salary. Holyfield initially signed with the promotion after ordering a trilogy against Tyson, which he did in late 2020 against Roy Jones Jr., in an exhibition that did big business at PPV.
Later, Tyson announced that he would not be working with Triller again, suing the promotions and saying that Tyson had a contract for another fight. Holyfield went from Tyson to McBride, but the fight was never postponed more than once. While Holyfield certainly has the value of being named as a strong replacement for De La Hoya, it seems as if the surrounding branches of law have offered Triller to avoid a potential lawsuit over Belfort’s fight. Again, it feels rough enough to look the other way.
4. Returning to boxing Jim Lampley of the Hall of Fame could not have been weird: Lampley, the legendary HBO boxer, effectively saw his unparalleled career as the voice of boxing come to an abrupt end in 2018 when the network ended its 40-year history of fighting. Still having a contract with HBO, the 72-year-old made an astonishing announcement in June that he signed with Triller after HBO received permission from Teofimo Lopez Jr. George Kambosos Jr.
The fight was eventually postponed after Lopez tested positive against COVID, which is to say that Lampley, as straightforward and professional as the history of boxing, will make his return on a card full of old MMA stars and musical acts. It should be interesting.
5. Anderson Silva has the option to secure a future salary: At the age of 46, Silva made a tremendous transition from a legendary UFC career when he returned to boxing, the last time he competed in 2005 was with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In Mexico he was outraged by the split decision. The victory was hailed as an important victory in MMA circles, considering that Chavez, just 35 years old, was a world boxing champion before entering his career in complete divorce. He also regained Silva’s mark after closing out his UFC career in his last nine fights with just one win.
Considering the bubble of celebrity boxing created by Tyson’s return and the transition from brothers Jake and Logan Paul to the YouTube sport, Silva became a tremendous player. He enters as a favorite against 46-year-old Ortiz, a fighter who was never known for his hands during the MMA era. The fight may also allow Silva to secure a fight in the future for one of Paul’s brothers, as they have proven to be great moves in space.