Holyfield, who is best known for his two wins over Mike Tyson – including the infamous bout in which Tyson bit his ear – suffered a technical first-round knockout against UFC veteran Vitor Belfort Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida.
Belfort, 44, who was a UFC light heavyweight champion, attacked Holyfield with a succession of quick punches from the start, tackling him against the ropes.
And, not having landed a punch, Holyfield was thrown twice onto the canvas before the referee ended the fight in the first round.
He returned to boxing with just over a week’s notice to replace Oscar De La Hoya, who contracted Covid-19.
“I remember I was fighting two guys the same night and Holyfield was fighting Mike Tyson for $ 30 million,” he told media afterward. “It has been a privilege. ”
The Trumps were part of the event’s commentary team, alongside rapper 50 Cent.
Trump has long been a fan of boxing and mixed martial arts.
He hosted several of Tyson’s early fights at his Atlantic City estate. Trump was the sponsor of one of Tyson’s most famous knockouts – his destruction of Michael Spinks in just 91 seconds.
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Trump, in office, paid homage to soft science by pardoning Jack Johnson, a former heavyweight champion convicted of transporting a white woman to state lines. Of Johnson, Trump said, “The first African American heavyweight world champion, a real great fighter. He had a difficult life. “
Earlier on the bill, former British heavyweight and heavyweight world champion David Haye had returned to boxing with a victory over Joe Fournier. Haye last fought three years ago against Tony Bellew.
Chris Cillizza contributed to this report.