For the Sept. 11 event, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. will offer commentary on all four of the evening’s fights. But they’re not the only soundtrack available. Viewers can pick between the Trumps narrating the fight, or regular commentators Jim Lampley and Shawn Porter. Whichever telecast you choose, get ready to fork over .99.
The coast-to-coast move certainly makes it more convenient for the Florida-based former president, who reportedly will be at the fight in person.
Evander Holyfield, 58, agreed to step in and fight Belfort. Holyfield turns 59 on Oct. 19.
Here’s everything you need to know.
The event begins at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on Saturday, Sept. 11.
“I have contracted Covid and am not going to be able to fight next weekend,” De La Hoya tweeted. “Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support.”
Wanted you to hear directly from me that despite being fully vaccinated, I have contracted Covid and am not going to be able to fight next weekend. Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support. pic.twitter.com/0wKEnr5Jzv
The Fite TV website did not indicate how a viewer could choose which commentary to buy, and a representative for Triller/Fite TV did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
- Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort
- David Haye vs. Joe Fournier
- Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz
- Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll
Start time for Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort
According to a statement issued by Triller Fight Club and obtained by ESPN, Trump will “host and commentate” at the Sept. 11 event, joined by his son, Donald Trump Jr.
Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort — alongside Anderson Silva against Tito Ortiz — are fighting this weekend. And apparently Donald Trump is going to be involved on commentary? In a year where YouTubers and have taken over boxing, this could be the weirdest combat sport event of 2021.
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Donald Trump is hardly new to combat sports. He’s a longtime friend of Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Trump’s past involvement with hosting major boxing events at his hotels and casinos earned him a place in New Jersey’s Boxing Hall of Fame.
How and why are the Trumps involved?
Originally, legendary fighter Oscar De La Hoya, 48, who retired in 2009, was set to fight Brazilian ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort, 44, in an exhibition bout. But early September, De La Hoya posted a video shot from a hospital bed. He has COVID-19 and cannot fight.
UFC legend Anderson Silva is also boxing Tito Ortiz, another former UFC champ. Here’s the full card.