The show must go on.
With a few changes, of course.
What was supposed to be the return of Oscar De La Hoya has changed significantly after the Golden Boy tested positive for COVID-19. De La Hoya was removed from his scheduled Triller Fight Club boxing match in California with former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort.
In his place will be 58-year-old Evander Holyfield, who will have his first professional boxing match in 10 years when he takes on Belfort on Saturday in Hollywood, Fla.
That won’t be the only change: Former President Donald Trump has been added to the broadcast team.
You read that right.
The former POTUS will provide “No Holds Barred” guest commentary with his son Donald Trump Jr., UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal and broadcaster Todd Grisham from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The commentary for the four-fight PPV card will be part of a third audio option, the “gamecast,” which viewers can purchase for $49.99 via FITE.tv. The primary commentary team will be Grisham, Ray Flores and former boxing champion Shawn Porter.
“I love great fighters and great fights. I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event,” Trump said in a press release.
Why are Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. on the Holyfield-Belfort broadcast?
It’s not uncommon for Triller to have personalities from outside the boxing world involved in its live events. Snoop Dogg was a part of the Jake Paul-Ben Askren and Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. telecasts. Comedian Pete Davidson was involved in the Paul-Askren event.
The 75-year-old former president is the most surprising addition to the event, but he does have deep roots in boxing. He hosted many matches in the 1980s and ’90s at his casinos in Atlantic City, N.J. He also has a taste for the absurd; in 2007, he was involved in a feud with WWE president Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 23 that was billed as “The Battle of the Billionaires.”
He has never been part of a broadcast team despite his years in reality television as the chief executive on “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
FITE touted the elder Trump’s contribution as “alternative No Holds Barred commentary.”
What does that mean? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
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