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Holyfield tapped to take on Belfort after De La Hoya Covid positive

LOS ANGELES, Sept 7 — Evander Holyfield will step in to face Vitor Belfort on Saturday after former boxing nice Oscar De La Hoya was compelled out of a one-off comeback bout due to Covid-19.

But the bout has been moved from Los Angeles’ Staples Centre to Florida after California boxing authorities refused to sanction a battle between Brazilian combined martial arts star Belfort and former heavyweight world champion Holyfield — who will likely be a month shy of his 59th birthday on struggle evening.

Holyfield hasn’t fought since 2011, however he had signed to struggle Kevin McBride earlier this yr — with a doable future struggle towards his outdated nemesis Mike Tyson on the horizon.

After the proposed McBride struggle failed to materialise, Holyfield posted on Instagram in August that he’d been “coaching exhausting for months” and added: “I promise my followers I’ll step again within the ring at the least another time earlier than I lay my gloves to relaxation for good.” — eNM

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