Trump hosts Holyfield vs Belfort: Air time and how to live stream Triller boxing bout
Former President Donald Trump is making waves once again after agreeing to serve as a guest commentator for the upcoming Triller Fight Club event on Saturday, September 11, headlined by Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort.
The 45th POTUS will be offering “unfiltered boxing commentary” for the entire four-fight telecast that also includes Anderson Silva-Tito Ortiz and David Haye-Joe Fournier. According to ESPN, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr will also join him at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, where the event is taking place.
“I love great fighters and great fights,” Trump said in a Triller press release. “I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event," he insisted.
It's worth noting that Trump is a veteran of the fight game. Before getting into politics, he hosted numerous combat sports events at his hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He has also played an instrumental role in the success of the UFC and is close friends with the fight promotion company's president Dana White.
That said, the former president is slated to “host and commentate” the event, which marks Holyfield's return to the boxing ring for the first time in over a decade. The former heavyweight champion, 58, is coming out of retirement to fight former UFC champion Belfort after his original opponent, Oscar De La Hoya, had to drop out after contracting Covid-19.
With a record of 44-10-2-1 in boxing, Holyfield has not competed in professional boxing since a technical knockout win over Brian Nielsen on May 7, 2011. The boxing legend is an Olympic medalist and the only four-time world heavyweight boxing champion.
Meanwhile, former UFC Light Heavyweight titleholder Belfort has a record of 26-14-0-1 in Mixed Martial Arts and has been a multiple-time title challenger. Meanwhile, he's also undefeated as a pro boxer, albeit he competed only once in 2006 when he defeated Josemario Neves via first-round knockout.
As stated above, the Triller Fight Club card also features a boxing match between former UFC champions Silva and Ortiz. The latter will be especially pleased with Trump commentating his fight as he was a very outspoken supporter of the former president during his tenure. In fact, Ortiz drew inspiration from Trump and was elected to serve as mayor pro tem in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California. However, he resigned from his post just a couple of months after taking office.
Trump, prior to this fight event, has attended a couple of UFC cards in recent years. He attended UFC 244 in New York in 2019, while still president. In July this year, he made waves in Las Vegas while attending a UFC 264 match cage-side in Las Vegas, prompting the crowd to erupt in chants of 'USA' as Trump entered the arena. Having said that, he has also made cameos in several WWE events and is good friends with CEO Vince McMahon. Now, the former president will sit in front of the microphone himself to chime in on the blows exchanged at Triller Fight Club in Florida.
The Triller Fight Club pay-per-view event will be broadcast on FITE TV at 7:00 pm ET. Viewers will reportedly have the option to purchase either the main telecast or the Trump "gamecast" for $49.99, according to ESPN.