Evander Holyfield hit with ban following stoppage defeat by Vitor Belfort

Evander Holyfield has been handed a 30-day medical suspension after his farcical stoppage defeat by Vitor Belfort on Saturday night.

The 58-year-old suffered heavy punishment from the first bell, and was dropped to the canvas within 109 seconds on his return to the ring.

Many had questioned his health and conditioning going into the fight, as he faced a much younger opponent in 44-year-old Belfort.

And now Holyfield finds himself out of action for 30 days after the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued their suspension list.

The bout was initially sanctioned as a professional bout after it switched location from California to Florida but later re-classified as a n exhibition.

Evander Holyfield suffered brutal defeat to Vitor Belfort
(
AFP via Getty Images)

But despite his dismal defeat, Holyfield maintains his plans to take a trilogy bout with legendary rival Mike Tyson who he fought twice during his illustrious heavyweight career.

And he has also questioned the decision to stop the fight in the opening round claiming that he was just “off balance”.

“He shouldn’t have stopped the fight that quick,” Holyfield said during his post-fight interview. “The guy pushed me, the guy is strong.

“I wasn’t hurt, there wasn’t one shot that hurt me really bad. He got me with a shot and I was off balance, I’m not hurt, it’s kind of sad.

Holyfield was subject to concern from fans ahead of the fight, after he was recorded slurring during an interview raising worry about his health.

And UFC president Dana White also slammed the exhibition clash, questioning why anyone would “pay for these fights” after Anderson Silva’s victory over Tito Ortiz on the card.

“Guys, let me put it to you this way: anybody who is f****** dumb enough and willing to pay and watch these f****** fights, Anderson Silva boxed Tito Ortiz,” White said.

[He] boxed Tito Ortiz. Tito Ortiz has no business f****** boxing anybody. Tito’s 40-f****** something years old, Evander Holyfield is almost 60 years old and he’s f****** fighting. It’s silly. All of it’s silly, and there’s always gonna be a certain number of people that are dumb enough to buy these fights and pay for them.

“And, you know how I feel about Tito personally, Tito can’t box. He’s a horrible boxer and that’s why I said I would box him, but the other thing about Tito is when he fought here, Tito had a good chin. Tito took big shots from a lot of guys who hit hard. Anderson Silva knocked him out in 40 seconds.”

British heavyweight David Haye also fought on the card defeating Joe Fournier, and he heaped criticism on Holyfield’s opponent stating that he shouldn’t have celebrated like he “did something”.

The former two-weight champion later called out current lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury whom he was due to face in 2013.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *