Former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield faces former UFC light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort in an eight-round boxing match at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida (Triller Fight Club PPV, 7 p.m. ET).
Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs), of Atlanta, is 58 years old and hasn’t fought since defeating Brian Nielsen by 10th-round TKO in May 2011. The last time Holyfield held a major heavyweight title was in 2000, after defeating John Ruiz for the vacant WBA belt.
Holyfield is replacing Oscar De La Hoya, who was scheduled to face Belfort before testing positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks before the fight.
Belfort, 44, of Rio de Janeiro, who competed in the middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight division in the UFC, has one professional boxing match on his record, a first-round KO of Josemario Neves in 2006.
Silva (2-1, 1 KO in boxing), 46, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, defeated former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision in a great performance in June.
Ortiz, 46, of Huntington Beach, California, is making his boxing debut.
Stay here for live results and round-by-round analysis.
Fight in progress: Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
Haye toys with good friend Fournier, wins unanimous decision
David Haye scored a unanimous decision victory over Joe Fournier, his good buddy from England, in the PPV opener.
Scores were 79-72, 80-71 and 79-72 for the eight-round bout contested over two-minute rounds. Haye, a former heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, retired in 2019 after back-to-back losses to Tony Bellew.
The bout with Fournier was originally an exhibition. When the event moved from Los Angeles to the Miami area on eight days’ notice, the matchup was officially sanctioned by the Florida Athletic Commission.
Haye (28-4, 26 KOs) toyed with Fournier and clearly wasn’t trying to inflict damage on his pal. The 40-year-old Haye dropped him in the first round with a jab, but otherwise pawed with Fournier over the duration of the fight.
Fournier (9-0, 9 KOs) is a 38-year-old part-time boxer who competed in April on the Jake Paul-Ben Askren Triller undercard.
Anthony Chavez and Diuhl Olguin fought to a majority draw in their six-round junior lightweight battle. One judge had it 59-56 for Chavez, while the other two had the fight 57-57.
In his pro debut, Eliezer Silva dropped Terry Roscoe (2-6, 0 KOs) with a short left hand in Round 3 to cruise to a fourth-round unanimous decision victory (39-36, 39-36 and 39-36).
Still to come:
Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort, 8 rounds, heavyweights
Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz, 8 rounds, heavyweights
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