Donald Trump will have the opportunity on Saturday to be “unfiltered” and “live”, but it will not be for political talk. The former president of the United States, a big sports fan, will comment on a boxing evening in Florida. This will see in particular the return to the rings of the former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield opposed to the Brazilian star of mixed martial arts Vitor Belfort, we learned on Wednesday in a statement from the company of streaming of FITE videos on demand.
The former White House host is due to comment on the four scheduled bouts at the Hard Rock hotel-casino in Hollywood, north of Miami. The fights, broadcast on pay-per-view for $ 49.99, will also be available on Triller, a video-sharing site, as well as on the HBO channel.
Holyfield comes out of retirement
Highlight of the evening, Evander Holyfield, former undisputed world heavyweight champion in 1990, came out of retirement at almost 59 years old to face Belfort, 44 years old and former heavyweight world champion of the UFC mixed martial arts championship. The fight should take place in eight rounds of two minutes.
Holyfield, who hasn’t played a boxing match for over ten years, replaced another boxing legend, Mexican-American Oscar de la Hoya who forfeited and was hospitalized after contracting Covid-19 . Two other former great MMA champions, Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz, are also due to face each other on Saturday.
“I love great fighters and great fights, I look forward to seeing both on Saturday night and sharing my thoughts at ringside,” Trump said, quoted in the statement. According to the ESPN sports channel, the former president will be accompanied by his eldest son Donald Jr. to comment on this evening.
The 75-year-old former real estate mogul hosted several boxing matches at his Atlantic City casinos in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2018, he used his presidential power to posthumously rehabilitate Jack Johnson, the first black crowned world heavyweight boxing champion in 1908, before being sentenced to prison for racist reasons. Before him, other celebrities had already officiated for Triller, such as rapper Snoop Dogg or actor Pete Davidson.