Quiet devotion really looks different. On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Donald Trump tries his hand at boxing in Florida.
Hollywood, Florida – Saturday, September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. The concentrated political prominence of the USA, including US President Joe Biden with First Lady Jill Biden and his predecessors Barack Obama and Clinton together with their wives Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, commemorates the almost 3000 victims at “Ground Zero”. Vice President Kamala Harris and former US President George W. Bush attended a devotional in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Another hijacked machine crashed there on September 11, 2001 after passengers faced the kidnappers. But one of the ranks of former US presidents was missing at the 9/11 commemoration. We’re talking about Donald Trump. On the anniversary, he had completely different plans.
These plans really had little to do with silent remembrance. On the contrary: together with his son Donald Trump Jr., the former President of the USA once again slipped into a new role. This time in that of the sports commentator. The reason for Trump’s commentary was the boxing match of former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield, who celebrated his comeback in the boxing ring against ex-mixed martial arts fighter Vitor Belfort after a good ten years of abstinence. The fight took place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood near Miami, Florida.
Former President of the USA as a commentator: Boxing ring as a stage for Donald Trump
Even before his time as US President, Donald Trump made several appearances as the organizer of boxing matches in his casino. He also showed his enthusiasm for martial arts with bizarre appearances in wrestling. “I love big fighters and big fights. I’m looking forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts at the ring. You shouldn’t miss this special event, “said Trump in advance of the clash between Holyfield and the Brazilian Belfort for the event.
In the USA in particular, fights between former greats in boxing, former professionals from other sports or even people from non-sporting public life are very popular. There have been several exhibition fights in the recent past. Among other things, ex-boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather got into the ring against YouTube star Logan Paul, ex-NBA star Nate Robinson competed against Youtuber Jake Paul and MMA fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley also fought. Especially the boxing comeback of Mike Tyson against Roy Jones Junior in November 2020 aroused great media interest and divided the boxing world. So now Evander Holyfield got back in the ring. The very Holyfield who “Iron Mike” had bitten off part of his ear in a scandalous world championship fight in 1997. Recently, wild speculation sparked in the USA about a new edition of the fight between the two aging boxing retirees Tyson (55) and Holyfield (58). A reasonable setting for the eccentric Trump.
Before the eyes of Donald Trump: Bitter knock-out for ex-boxing world champion Holyfield
But after less than two minutes the spectacle was over again. Because for the 58-year-old former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield, the return to the ring went anything but according to plan. Shortly before the end of the first of a total of eight rounds, the referee stopped the action. The 14 years younger former MMA fighter Belfort won after a few moments due to a technical knockout, Holyfield had no chance under the eyes of Donald Trump.
Holyfield only stood in at short notice as a replacement for Oscar de la Hoya (48), who was infected with the corona virus. Because of the old age and the long break of Holyfield, the boxing supervisor in California had refused a permit, so the fight took place in Florida. Incidentally, the US pay-per-view provider Fite.tv paid a lot for the use of ex-President Trump in the commentary booth. For the sound option with the votes of Trump and Trump Junior, viewers had to pay a whopping $ 49.99. (yw)