Evander Holyfield admits first-round TKO defeat to Vitor Belfort was ‘sad’, but former champion still wants Mike Tyson fight

As many expected, the main event of Triller’s headline between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort had a sad conclusion.

Holyfield, 58, was beaten in the first round by former MMA star Belfort after the referee was forced to step in.

It was sad to see a legend like Evander Holyfield out of his depth
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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, Belfort 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 in the first place. But to see the way the fight ended and so quickly, was both the best and worst case scenario.

Evander Holyfield never got going against Vitor Belfort
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Holyfield was not happy with the stoppage, though.

“The guy pushed me, the guy is strong,” he 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 the idea of fighting Mike Tyson for a third time in an exhibition was proposed, The Real Deal was open to the idea and said: “Of course I would.”

It was Vitor Belfort’s night
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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.

“Right from the beginning he was not the same fighter,” former US president Donald Trump said in the commentary booth.

“He lost a lot. It was not Evander Holyfield,” was Trump’s take on the brief battle.”