Evander Holyfield, aged 58, beaten by Vitor Belfort via first-round TKO

Evander Holyfield was on the canvas twice during his two-minute defeat to Vitor Belfort; at 58 years old he was in his 58th fight of a legendary career but his comeback did not go as planned

Holyfield vs Belfort
Image: Holyfield was stopped inside a round of his comeback

Evander Holyfield was knocked down and soundly beaten in one round without landing a punch of his own by Vitor Belfort on Saturday night in Florida.

Holyfield is 58 years old and was returning to boxing for the first time in a decade at just a week's notice to replace Oscar De La Hoya, 48.

But he was a ghost of his former self and found himself on the canvas twice before the referee rescued him from further punishment inside the first round.

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Holyfield was hurt and staggered by an overhand left then, under pressure, was bundled through the ropes. Although it did not count as a knock-down, it was a warning.

Seconds later a Belfort left hand and uppercut had Holyfield flying backwards to the canvas.

Belfort vs Holyfield
Image: Holyfield did not land a punch

Belfort let a flurry of punches go and, with nothing coming back from Holyfield, the referee jumped in to end the fight.

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Belfort, 44, is an MMA icon whose only professional boxing experience was 15 years ago.

Holyfield is one of just two men (alongside David Haye) to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight during a legendary career that featured fights with Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.

Holyfield vs Belfort
Image: Holyfield lasted less than two minutes

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