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Former US president Donald Trump has found an unexpected new job as a boxing commentator for former undisputed world champion Evander Holyfield’s return to the ring. The 58-year-old takes on Vitor Belfort in what has been sanctioned as a professional fight on Saturday, 20 years to the day after the September 11 attacks.
Donald Trump Jr will join his father on the mic in an unexpected return to the public eye for the ex-president, who was defeated by Joe Biden in last November’s election after just one term in office.
Trump made several unproven claims that the election was not legitimate and appealed the result numerous times, but all those attempts have failed.
With the permanent suspension of his Twitter account he fell out of the public eye, but the businessman and former reality TV star will make his broadcast return with the one-off fight.
Trump will be “live in person” with “no holds barred”, according to event promoter Fite.tv.
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He is no stranger to the world of boxing, after promoting several high-profile fights in the 1980s and ’90s as well as being an adviser to Mike Tyson.
“I love great fighters and great fights,” Trump Sr said.
“I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event.”
Holyfield has been gunning for a return to the ring and had agreed deals to fight Tyson and Kevin McBride before both fell through.
Former UFC star Belfort also had scheduled bouts fall through, including a fight against YouTuber Michael Holston and a planned match with Oscar De La Hoya, before the latter tested positive for Covid-19.
Holyfield agreed to take his place, and fight on the same scheduled night.
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UK viewers will be able to watch for a £9.99 pay-per-view fee, while those in the US must fork out the equivalent of £36.29 to see the bout, as well as a match between retired UFC fighters Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz.
Trump has been criticised for agreeing to call the event on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, with some saying a former president should devote their time instead to honouring those who lost their lives.
“Seems like a perfectly appropriate way for a former POTUS to show his respects on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. NOT,” said one Twitter user.
And boxing author Alex McClintock mocked the former president: “”If you ever feel like things are going badly, remember Donald Trump went from President of the United States to commentator on a novelty boxing match in Florida between two guys with a combined age of 102 in less than nine months.”
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