The boxing vs MMA world has its newest bout upcoming as former boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield laces up the gloves for the first time in 10 years to take on former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. Originally, Belfort was supposed to fight Oscar De La Hoya but the former boxing great is out of the bout after contracting COVID-19.
Holyfield vs Belfort is the main event for the Triller card this Saturday, September 11, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The co-main sees former UFC champions Tito Ortiz and Anderson Silva box as well.
When it comes to Holyfield vs Belfort odds, the former UFC champ is the sizeable favorite. Also, you can listen to an alternate broadcast in which Donald Trump does the commentary.
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Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort Odds
Online sportsbook Bovada has the Holyfield vs Belfort odds with Evander coming in as the +200 underdog and Vitor the -275 favorite. This means a $100 wager is needed to profit $200 with a Holyfield win, while a $275 winning bet on Belfort would net you $100.
Odds as of September 11 at Bovada
We can examine the Holyfield vs Belfort odds further with our sports betting calculator. The former boxing champ’s odds represent an implied win probability of 33.33 percent while the former UFC champ’s odds have an implied win probability of 73.33 percent.
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Holyfield vs Belfort Betting Analysis
I can understand why fans of either boxing or MMA see value on their guy in this bout. For the boxing followers, Evander hasn’t had a professional boxing match in 10 years, though he won that bout via knockout.
That said, he has been training in anticipation of a legends fight with Mike Tyson, a man he beat twice, and while he’s 58 years old, his boxing skills are undoubtedly still there.
Can Belfort Shock The Boxing Community?
As for the former UFC light heavyweight champion (2004), he’s been active more recently, competing in 2018. “The Phenom” had a tough end to his career, losing five of his last seven, all by knockout, though his loss to Kelvin Gastelum was overturned to a no contest.
Vitor is 14 years younger than Holyfield and that youth could be the difference-maker in speed but he could be at a boxing disadvantage.
Holyfield vs Belfort Preview
When Vitor Belfort is at his best, there’s a cautious storm brewing as he waits to unleash. He can be patient until he sees an opening and then he blitzes his foes with a flurry of strikes. However, as he aged, those flurries became fewer and further apart.
Additionally, during his prime, the southpaw was assisted by TRT (testosterone replacement therapy), leading to the nickname TRTitor, which helped in making those flurries more dangerous.
The Real Deal – Evander Holyfield
The only boxer to be the undisputed champion in two weight classes, he at one time held three belts in cruiserweight and then heavyweight. “The Real Deal” will carry a 44-10-2 record into this fight with only two knockout losses, to Riddick Bowe in 1995 and James Toney in 2003.
What could put Belfort in trouble? Holyfield was the type of boxer who made sure that if you hit him, you didn’t get out of the pocket without getting hit back, and often much harder. Evander was an incredible puncher and conditioning was never an issue. He had the ability to fight anywhere and had knockout power in both hands.
Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort Betting Pick
As I alluded to earlier, Vitor may have the speed advantage as the younger, smaller man, but I don’t know that’ll be enough to beat a boxing great like Evander. Surely Belfort will try to blitz Holyfield at times and may find some success in those flurries, but more times than not, Holyfield’s boxing gloves will stop those punches and he will counter heavily.
I wrote that last segment well before the open workout and the counter heavily simply isn't there for the former great. Could Evander be playing coy in this video, perhaps, however, I fear that the age has caught up to the champ and I've switched my pick to the former UFC champ.