Ricky Hatton demands investigation into Evander Holyfield’s defeat by Vitor Belfort

Hatton has demanded that the authorities who sanctioned the skilled bout are investigated, after Holyfield was stopped in devastating vogue by Belfort in Florida

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Ricky Hatton has demanded an investigation after Evander Holyfield’s devastating defeat to Vitor Belfort.

The pair fought on Triller’s newest ‘Legends’ episode of their Fight Club collection which additionally featured Anderson Silva and David Haye.

Holyfield was defeated in explosive vogue on the evening, stumbling by way of the ropes earlier than the bout was stopped with lower than two minutes gone.

And one other boxing legend Hatton, has questioned how Holyfield was allowed to compete on the age of 58, and with per week’s discover.

“I wasn’t very completely satisfied to see Evander Holyfield get knocked out within the first spherical on the weekend, by no means,” mentioned Hatton in his Metro column. “The board of management in Florida wants investigating for permitting that to occur.

Evander Holyfield was stopped brutally in a single spherical by Vitor Belfort


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“I’m all for exhibitions. I’ve mentioned I’m open to 1 myself, two former champions showcasing their abilities one final time for the followers with the understanding that nobody will get severely harm.

“But this was very completely different. It was a 58-year-old Holyfield, coming in on per week’s discover to exchange Oscar De La Hoya on the final minute.

“I wrote one thing on Instagram this week saying the individuals who allowed this Holyfield struggle to occur ought to hold their heads in disgrace.”

Holyfield was keen on signing with Triller, in order to pursue a trilogy bout with heavyweight rival Mike Tyson.

But his former foe walked away from the label after his successful exhibition clash with Roy Jones Jr last year.

And Hatton believes {that a} struggle between the pair would have been nice, however has known as for the our bodies to make sure stipulations are made to guard the fighters well being.

“We have to maneuver with the instances. I perceive that. Floyd Mayweather fought Conor McGregor, then he fought [a YouTuber]. Mike Tyson fought Roy Jones,” Hatton continued.

“We can get away with that. Tyson and Jones was an exhibition, both were well prepared, and the conditions were right.

“Floyd and [YouTuber] probably had some sort of understanding of what was actually going to go on in there.

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Holyfield was floored throughout his conflict with Belfort in regarding scenes


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“But Holyfield got put in a very bad situation by his people. Exhibitions are fine, as long as there are boundaries to protect and maintain the boxer’s health.

“This is a social media world. We have to move with the times. But I don’t care if you’re a boxing purist or a fan of YouTubers. If you find that entertaining, then you want to have a look in the mirror.”

It now seems unlikely that Holyfield will probably be allowed to compete within the close to future, after being handed a 30-day medical suspension after his damaging defeat.

And the American heavyweight was joined on the cardboard by David Haye who made his comeback with victory over Joe Fournier.

He had beforehand admitted he would like to share the ring with Holyfield, but additionally known as out Tyson Fury after his respective bout.

Haye additionally criticised Holyfield’s opponent Belfort for his celebration after the victory, with the Brazilian making a degree of calling out YouTube star Jake Paul.

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