Belfort says he’ll box Holyfield in December, after De La Hoya bout
Vitor Belfort will face Oscar De La Hoya in September. | Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC
Vitor Belfort revealed he will face another boxing champion in Evander Holyfield after Oscar De La Hoya contest.
Vitor Belfort is not even done with his first boxing bout since 2006 against a former champion, but he already has his sights set on another. Currently paired up against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya for an exhibition bout in September, the ‘Phenom’ revealed he has a fight against another icon of the sport lined up for December: none other than Evander Holyfield.
In an interview with Combate, Belfort briefly mentioned his bout against De La Hoya being delayed from June to September, while casually revealing the Holyfield match. Furthermore, Vitor also mentioned being happy for MMA rival Anderson Silva winning his boxing fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“The Oscar De La Hoya fight has been re-scheduled for Septmeber 18. Then Holyfield in December. I’m so happy to see Anderson being a champ. I was rooting for him. To see Brazilians winning brings me a lot of joy.”
Although Vitor claims to be happy for Anderson’s win over Chavez, he does not dismiss meeting the ‘Spider’ again in the boxing ring. After losing to Silva in 2011 in one of the most iconic UFC finishes ever, Belfor believes it is not too late for a rematch between the veterans.
“I do (think we’ll face each other in boxing). People say everybody likes a rematch. It’s not the dish we eat, it’s the dish you guys eat. Here’s my message to Anderson: we’ll see each other soon.”
In his most recent outing, Belfort (26-14-1 NC) got front-kicked knocked out by fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida, back in May 2018. The 44-year-old’s latest win came just before that, in June 2017, when he defeated Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision. In boxing, the Phenom scored a knockout win in April 2006, in his sole professional match.
Holyfield is set for an exhibition against Kevin McBride at a different Triller event in August.