As many expected, the main event of the Triller show with Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort had a sad conclusion.
Holyfield, who turns 59 next month, was beaten in the first round by Belfort after the referee was forced to intervene.
The former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion slipped early and nearly fell out of the ring, but was then knocked down with a left hand moments later.
Once he got back to his feet Belfrot rained shots at him and although Holyfield covered himself he offered no response and the referee, who was clearly looking to intervene, stopped the fight. .
Many fans were upset that Holyfield was granted a license to enter a stationary boxing ring. But seeing the way the fight ended and so quickly was both the best and the worst case.
Holyfield was not happy with the stop, however.
“The guy pushed me, the guy is strong,” the 58-year-old said after the fight.
“But I was not injured. There was no shooting that really hurt me. He had me with a blow and I was off balance. I am not hurt. It’s a bit sad.
“I think it was a bad decision, he shouldn’t have stopped the fight so quickly.”
Still, when 50 Cent came up with the idea of taking on Mike Tyson for the third time in an exhibition, The Real Deal was open to the idea and said, “Of course I would.”
It’s fair to say that few boxing fans want to see this now. Holyfield looks gorgeous, but just like her suggested pad job before the fight, her reflexes aren’t what they used to be and that’s to be expected.
The Florida Boxing Commission should really be held responsible for this result and let Holyfield, with at least six days’ notice, take this fight.