Holyfield looked in great shape for his age, but he truly didn’t belong in the ring. He looked slow, was hurt multiple times, and was stumbling around the ring early.
Holyfield quickly looked his age, he was off-balance on his early power punches, missing on one wild shot that caused him to spin around and fall to the ground.
After Holyfield got back to his feet, Belfort pounced, landing a hook and an uppercut that sent Holyfield stumbling backward before hitting the canvas.
Holyfield managed to beat the count but Belfort continued his offensive flurry. As the punches continued to land and Holyfield was forced to just cover up until the referee was forced to jump in and stop the fight at the 1:49 mark of Round 1.
“The guy is strong but I wasn’t hurt,” Holyfield said of the stoppage. “The thing is, it wasn’t no shot that really hurt me bad. He hit me with a shot and I was off balance. I’m not hurt. I’m not. It’s kind of sad. It is what it is.”
Belfort immediately made a call for more big fights as he said he intends to continue on as a boxer at 44 years old.