Former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield returns to the ring after a 10-year layoff when he takes on former MMA champion Vitor Belfort in an eight-round heavyweight bout on Saturday
. The Holyfield vs. Belfort fight card will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Belfort will make his return to the ring for the first time since April 2006, and this will be just his second professional boxing match after spending 22 years in the Octagon.
The main card is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, with the headliners expected to reach the ring by around 10 p.m. ET. Both fighters are priced at -115 (risk $115 to win
$100) in the latest Holyfield vs. Belfort odds. Before making any Holyfield vs. Belfort picks, make sure you check out the expert boxing predictions from SportsLine combat sports analyst Brandon Wise.
Wise, who is the combat sports editor for CBS Sports, is an experienced boxing analyst. His strong 2021 boxing record includes nailing the outcome of the much-anticipated fight between
Jake Paul and Ben Askren. Wise told SportsLine members to expect an early knockout from Paul (-170), who delivered with a first-round overhand right against the hapless Askren (+150), who visibly stumbled after taking the referee’s count.
Wise also has been on point with his UFC predictions. He called Israel Adesanya by decision at +140 and Brandon Moreno to win outright at +190 at UFC 263 earlier this summer. Anyone who has followed Wise’s combat sports picks has seen massive returns.
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Holyfield began his professional career in November 1984 when he won a unanimous decision over Lionel Byarm. He went on to win his first 28 professional bouts, before losing to Riddick Bowe in November 1992. In that stretch, Holyfield collected titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.
Holyfield is the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes in the WBA, WBC and IBF. He has compiled a 44-10 record with two draws and one no contest. Of his victories, 29 have been by knockout with 14 decisions.
Belfort has also had plenty of success in his MMA career, which began in October 1996 with a knockout of Jon Hess at SuperBrawl 2. He went on to win the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament and later won the UFC light heavyweight championship. In 41 MMA matches, Belfort has won 26, lost 14 and had one no contest.