By News Team
Last Updated: 9th September 2021
Triller are back with another throwback special, as former MMA fighter Vitor Belfort takes on former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in Florida on Saturday.
Former US President Donald Trump has also been announced as a special guest commentator for the fight alongside his son Donald Trump Jr., in adding to what is shaping up to be another bizarre night of boxing in the United States.
The undercard features a match-up between former MMA fighters Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz, as well a return to the ring for David Haye.
We preview the action and pick out the best odds.
Holyfield’s first fight in a decade
Although former two-weight undisputed champion Evander Holyfield hasn’t set foot in a ring for over 10 years, it’s hard to believe that Vitor Belfort has any chance of scaling the mountain in front of him on Saturday, in what will be his first professional fight in a boxing ring.
At 58, Holyfield will be slow, but the power is the last thing you lose, and although always coined a relatively short heavyweight, he owns a two-inch height and three-and half-inch reach advantage over his opponent on Saturday.
Holyfield to get the job inside the scheduled eight rounds might seem the logical bet at 3/1, but don’t be surprised if Holyfield jabs and moves his way to a points victory at 4/1. Belfort is 4/7 for the victory.
Anderson Silva’s ‘Indian summer’
Although he fell to defeat in the last three fights of his MMA career, Silva has enjoyed success in the boxing ring since his retirement from the octagon, winning his last two professional bouts, including beating former world contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
It was against Chavez that fans began to sit up and take notice of the Brazilian’s strong fundamentals in the art of boxing, and after a strong showing in that bout, he has earned a shot against Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz, who has never fought inside the boxing ring professionally, comes into the fight as a 5/1 underdog to win the fight, and it’s his inexperience inside the ring, coupled with three years of inactivity in combat sports events that lends validity to the price.
Silva is 1/9 to win the bout, 4/7 to win by KO, TKO or DQ, and 7/4 to win by decision, arguably the most favourable of the three prices given that it’s the same method of victory as his last bout in the boxing ring.
Haye out to show he’s still got it
After two back-to-back defeats against Tony Bellew three years ago, David Haye returns to the boxing ring to face Joe Fournier, businessman turned boxer.
The Briton was dispatched inside the distance by Bellew on both occasions and will be out to show that he can still yet box until the last at professional level.
The signature Hayemaker right-hand is always a mouth-watering prospect for fight fans, but whether the 40-year-old can still throw that punch with venom remains to be seen, but it’s one reason why this fight is intriguing even after Haye’s inactivity.
He’s 1/8 to win the fight, there’s not much value in a Haye victory, but Fournier’s 5/1 might seem like a fair option if you fancy former champion’s long-standing injuries to play a part in a possible downfall.