Burgos stopped the fight at 1:49 of the first round as Belfort hit Holyfield, who will turn 59 on October 19. The legendary Holyfield made a misstep as Belfort tried to hit a left with just one minute left in the first round.
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Less than 20 seconds later, Holyfield fell through the ropes after missing wildly with a left hook. He told Burgos he was fine once he got back up, but he was far from fine when Belfort’s left hit him with 37 seconds left in the first round.
Belfort, a former UFC star, attacked Holyfield as the action continued. Burgos watched closely and jumped to stop the action as Holyfield was just covering and not returning a blow to Belfort.
Holyfield, a four-time heavyweight champion, had not boxed in 10 years before Saturday night. He replaced the ailing Oscar De La Hoya as Belfort’s nemesis in nearly a week as De La Hoya contracted COVID-19.
44-year-old Belfort took his ring record to 2-0 in professional boxing and recorded his second KO. Holyfield now has a 44-11-2 record, including 29 knockouts and one without a contest. Holyfield has not fought since he stopped Danish veteran Brian Nielsen in the 10th round of a May 2011 fight in Copenhagen, Denmark.