The fight between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort has been approved.
The Florida Athletic Commission has certified the heavyweight boxing battle that will highlight Triller Fight Club Legends II this Saturday as a fully regulated professional boxing match.
ESPN broke the story first, and the promotion followed up with an official announcement.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host Holyfield vs. Belfort on Sept. 11. The pay-per-view event, which features Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz in the co-main event, is available now.
Patrick Cunningham, Executive Director of the Florida State Boxing Commission, issued the following statement:
The Florida Athletic Commission has approved the EVANDER HOLYFIELD vs. VITOR BELFORT bout as a fully regulated professional boxing match. It will be conducted under the Unified Rules of Boxing and scored by three judges on the 10-point must system.
All boxers on this card have successfully met all requirements to be licensed by the Florida Athletic Commission.
In the last ten years, Holyfield hasn’t fought. He last fought at the age of 48, when he defeated Brian Nielsen by TKO. The former boxing heavyweight champion is approaching his 60th birthday in a little over a year.
On short notice, Holyfield stepped in to replace Oscar De La Hoya, who was forced to withdraw from the fight with Belfort after contracting COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Belfort, 44, is making his MMA comeback for the first time since losing to Lyoto Machida by TKO in May 2018. Belfort has only boxed once in his professional career, defeating Josemario Neves in 2006.
Source: USA Today