Ripped Evander Holyfield offers stuttering prediction for Vitor Belfort fight

By Harry Davies

Vitor Belfort vowed to beat Evander Holyfield in their bizarre heavyweight clash - but the ring legend offered no promise of victory.

Holyfield makes his first return to the ring in over a decade when he fights former UFC star Belfort this Saturday night.

Fans have feared the worst for the 58-year-old in the build up to the fight, as he looked frail at the pre-fight press conference and struggled to coherently answer questions.

Former UFC champion Belfort parted ways with the promotion in 2018 and has not fought since. He has one appearance in the boxing ring - winning his debut in 2006.

And speaking after facing off for the final time for their fight, Holyfield and Belfort gave very different predictions of how the fight will go.

Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort weigh in (AmandaWestcott/Triller)

Asked how he was feeling, Holyfield said nervously: "I feel good, I feel excellent."

And asked how the fight would play out, he added: "You know, it all depends on what he can handle."

Finally, when asked if the result depended on how much punishment Belfort could take, Holyfield said uncertainly: "Well yeah, that's all in the game."

Earlier, Belfort said: "It's a W, it's a win. Minute by minute, second by second. Just focus on what I control, that's all I do. Be able to enjoy every moment.

"Boxing is a passion of mine for a long time and I've been applying it in a different field. Now I'll be able to enjoy it against one of the greatest in the world. So I couldn't ask for a better opponent.

Holyfield weighed in for the fight at 225.4lb, whilst Belfort came in almost 20 pounds lighter than the former heavyweight champion at 206.2lb.

Holyfield signed to promotion label Triller intending to secure a third fight with rival Mike Tyson, who infamously bit a chunk out of Holyfield's ear in their 1997 rematch.

He said: “I thought I was getting ready to fight Mike Tyson but now I’m fighting Vitor Belfort. So, I’ve been training for two years for that.

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"When they asked me to fight Vitor I said if he wants to do it then I want to do it. I put the time in the last two years and I want to get paid for my time.

"It hasn’t been a week to get ready, I’ve been training for two years. I’m more than ready and look forward to the fight.”

Meanwhile, Belfort is relishing the opportunity to fight a legend of the ring in Holyfield and is excited to show off his own boxing skills.

He said: "It’s a joy to me to fight Evander Holyfield on Saturday night. I remember when I first fought in the UFC tournament, the same month I saw Evander fight Mike Tyson the second time.

"My dream was to see MMA become as big as boxing. He’s the heavyweight king and I’m looking forward to showing my boxing skills on Saturday night. It’s an amazing opportunity for me.”

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