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This Saturday, US video sharing network Triller are hosting a legends boxing show headlined by Evander Holyfield and MMA legend Vitor Belfort.
Belfort had been slated to box American legend Oscar De la Hoya before Oscar pulled out with COVID. Belfort's long time trainer Derik Santos remains 'sceptical' of Oscar being hospitalized... talks about the big weight advantage the 'dangerous' Evander Holyfield will have over Belfort come fight night.
VITOR BELFORT TRAINER: "I am 'sceptical' of De La Hoya diagnosis... dangerous new opponent Holyfield could weigh more than 40 pounds more, but my man is more mobile"
DERIK SANTOS: "I WISH HIM WELL, BUT I AM 'SCEPTICAL' OF DE LA HOYA’S DIAGNOSIS"
"I'm not trying to disrespect Oscar, I saw the video of Oscar, but if I'm being honest, I'm still sceptical [sic, corrected as article continues]. Something about it didn't seem right. The level of how bad it looked. I know you can still get COVID if you're double vaccinated, but it didn't seem right. Maybe he realized we were taking the fight seriously, I don't know."
"As far as I know, their side didn't try to jump out and reschedule like others have, so yeah, I'm a little skeptical. I think he thought: 'what have got myself into' - he even posted this. We were going in there to give him a very good boxing match. We were ready. If the man does have covid then I wish him a good recovery, I'm just mildly skeptical."
DERIK SANTOS: ‘DANGEROUS’ EVANDER HOLYFIELD COULD WEIGH MORE THAN 40 POUNDS HEAVIER THAN BELFORT... BUT MY MAN IS MORE MOBILE
"As far as Holyfield goes, his was a name that was thrown around before. He was an option for Vitor before. And he's a big man, he is a very big man. Over the last couple of years I actually befriended him. He's a good guy. I've always had great respect and admiration for him. We go from one hall of famer to literally and figuratively a bigger hall of famer. So it's a challenge for sure and Holyfield has done a great job keeping himself in shape. I’ve marvelled at the shape he’s in. I've been to his residence. He eats healthy. He's not one of those who lays around eating McDonalds. He's always been a healthy individual.
"I don't really know what to expect. I've seen videos of him training with John David Jackson. I know he has been training, I know he has been working out and looking for a fight. It's going to be interesting, it's a different type of fight to Oscar. He's much bigger than Vitor. Not only height but bodywise. The main difference is Oscar is more mobile and we were expecting a different type of movement. We had worked on different ways to cut off the ring. With Holyfield it's going to be more of a dangerous, straight up fight. He's a large man, I'm sure he can still punch. So we'll see how we go about dealing with that."
"Vitor was already down in weight, and the great Evander Holyfield, I guarantee you, will likely be somewhere between 225-240 pounds - that’s a big difference. Vitor was under the 200 pound limit already, as the fight with Oscar was going to be 185 pounds. So we are already in the 190s."
"Vitor is excited to fight a hall of famer, Vitor says let's fight, that's his take. He's ready, willing and able. As a coach I'm a little more stoic. Even my thought process of how to fight Evander Holyfield - that plan hasn't altogether unfolded in my head yet."
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