Triller staged another bizarre crossover card in Florida, and the main event saw a sad sight, as Evander Holyfield was routed inside a round by former UFC competitor, Vitor Belfort on Saturday night.
Former world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, Holyfield was stepping in for another retired boxer in Oscar De La Hoya, and the card had to be moved from California as they wouldn’t provide a licence for ‘The Real Deal,’ while Belfort was a former UFC light heavyweight champion.
Holyfield looked in impressive shape, but he was no match for Belfort here, and he didn’t even land a shot on his opponent in a sad defeat.
The 58-year-old was staggered by a left hand over the top from Belfort early on as he crashed through the ropes, but a knockdown wasn’t called.
That was a sign of things to come though, as a left hand followed by an uppercut drove Holyfield backwards and to the canvas.
He beat the count, but on the resumption, a flurry of unanswered punches gave the referee no option but to call an end to the fight.
Belfort would go on to call out Jake Paul post-fight.
Haye strolls past Fournier, calls out Fury
Another former world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, David Haye returned to the ring after back-to-back defeats to Tony Bellew, and he outscored his friend Joe Fournier over eight rounds.
Haye was never in trouble, and dropped an off balance Forunier in the opening round with little more than a jab.
The 40-year-old was comfortable throughout, and largely kept Fournier on the end of his jab, as he coasted through the contest.
Two scores of 79-72, and a third at 80-71 secured Haye the win, and he called out Tyson Fury in his post-fight interview.
Haye twice pulled out of scheduled meetings with Fury due to injury, but that was many years ago.
“They (Team Fury) probably think I’m old, so they probably will take the fight,” said Haye.
“I’m looking for the biggest fights out there, and you get no bigger than 6 foot 9 inch Fury.
“I’d only come back for Fury, I was able to win this fight without showing ‘The Hayemaker.’
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“My attributes don’t work well for his style, him and his team know that.
“That big fat dosser, I know his kryptonite, I know what he can’t handle.”
Silva knocks Ortiz out cold
In the battle of the former UFC fighters, Anderson Silva wiped out Tito Ortiz in just over 80 seconds.
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) September 12, 2021
Ortiz had Silva under pressure, but Anderson uncorked a flush right hook that had Ortiz in immediate trouble. A left hand follow-up shot left Ortiz face first on the canvas and out.
Carroll outpoints Vences
Jono Carroll continued his rebuild after defeat last year to Maxi Hughes, and the Irishman took a majority decision win against Andy Vences over ten rounds at super featherweight.
A drawn card at 95-95 was overruled by two nods for Carroll at 97-93.
Anthony Chavez was held to a majority draw by Diuhl Olguin over six rounds, also at super featherweight. Chavez took a 58-56 win on one card, but two cards at 57-57 ensured the pair couldn’t be separated.
Eliezer Silva made his debut, and the middleweight took a four round decision win against Terry Roscoe, scoring a knockdown in round three along the way.