Simply whenever you thought the Triller tragedy on September 11 could not get any weirder, Donald Trump declares he shall be commentating on the ‘motion’, writes Elliot Worsell
THE abomination that’s the September 11 ‘boxing’ occasion in Florida, headlined by Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort, continues to sink to even higher lows the nearer it will get to changing into a actuality.
If it wasn’t unhealthy sufficient that Oscar De La Hoya, 48, was making ready to battle combined martial artist Vitor Belfort, 44, in a boxing match, 13 years after De La Hoya retired from the game, we’ve got additionally needed to deal with information that pals David Haye and Joe Fournier will carry out eight choregraphed rounds on the undercard, and that Evander Holyfield, 58, is now going to step in and fill the void left by a COVID-19-stricken De La Hoya in the principle occasion.
However, as of Wednesday, September 8, that’s not even the worst of it.
Since then, with a view to to get Holyfield licenced and the battle sanctioned, the occasion, initially scheduled for California, has needed to be shifted to Florida, a state with zero regard for fighter security, and Donald Trump – sure, that Donald Trump – has been introduced as one of many occasion’s ringside ‘commentators’.
“I like nice fighters and nice fights,” mentioned Trump of his commentary debut. “I stay up for seeing each this Saturday night time and sharing my ideas ringside. You gained’t need to miss this particular occasion.”
If that’s the pretend information, the reality of the matter is that this: there may be nothing particular concerning the occasion in query and all these smart sufficient to swerve it’ll remorse not a second of no matter it’s they’ve missed.
In actual fact, given the bizarreness that pervades each facet of it, the one assure we’ve got at this stage is that everybody taking part within the occasion seems content material to push the bounds of unhealthy style seeking no matter it’s they really feel is up for grabs – be it cash, relevance, endorphins, or just a fleeting reminder that, earlier than civilian life made enjoyable of their ego, they was once anyone. Proven dwell on Triller, it isn’t a celebration of boxing, or nice former champions, however as a substitute a reminder of how, in retirement, issues can go improper for even the game’s extra profitable fighters. It’s, in the long run, little greater than a cautionary story; a warning to youthful, presently energetic boxers to consider the long run and never assume relevance is everlasting, the cash pot is limitless, or that the great occasions at all times final.
So, should you should watch it, watch it on that foundation – with that lesson in thoughts – solely.