Last weekend in Hollywood, Fla., Triller Fight Club returned to the pay-per-view (PPV) market, asking curious fight fans to pay $49.99 for its “Legends II” lineup, which included a heavyweight title fight between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort, as well as undercard bouts pitting Anderson Silva against Tito Ortiz and David Haye against Joe Fournier.
Despite being billed as professional bouts, Triller is now being chastised for “lying” to the public after it was later uncovered that all three contests were actually showcases. As a result, Holyfield, Ortiz, and Fournier, who all lost by lopsided margins, will leave “The Sunshine State” with no official losses.
“This was not boxing’s finest hour. It was one of its worst,” veteran boxing analyst Dan Rafael wrote on his official website. “Holyfield-Belfort was marketed as a real fight even though Triller knew damn well that the deal it had (including with the venue) said it was an exhibition. That’s called lying. Or fraud. Or deception. Pick a term.”
Triller left the decision on whether the Holyfield-Belfort fight would be a pro or exhibition fight in the hands of “The Real Deal,” as we reported before to the contest. Furthermore, the fight event had to be rescheduled because the California State Athletic Commission (NSAC) declined to authorize the match.
It’s unclear what provisions Triller had in place to get Florida officials to sign off on the agreement, but it’s not unreasonable to believe that full disclosure would have hurt PPV sales. It remains to be seen whether Triller executives come up with an answer, but anticipate these questions to be asked ahead of the company’s next event.
Source: MSN Sports