Evander Holyfield loses boxing return by first-round TKO

Evander Holyfield lost by a first-round TKO Saturday night in his return to the boxing ring at the age of 58. 

Vitor Belfort, a 44-year-old retired UFC champion, staggered Holyfield early. Holyfield was so wobbled, he flew to the ropes when he missed with a wild left hand. 

Though he managed to stay on his feet, things got progressively worse for the former heavyweight champion.

Belfort dropped Holyfield with a left-handed uppercut, and even though Holyfield reached his feet before the 10-count, the referee called off the fight with 10 seconds left in the round. 

Holyfield said he thought the referee stopped the fight too quickly. 

“I thought it was a bad call,’’ Holyfield said, who also remarked, "The thing is the guy (Belfort) pushed me. The guy’s strong. But I wasn’t hurt.’’

Holyfield was fighting for the first time since 2011, and when asked how he felt about the entire experience, he replied, "It’s kind of sad. It is what it is.’’

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