Former US President Donald Trump. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)
Move over Jim Lampley and Howard Cosell. In the wake of your legacy, there is a new commentator on boxing. No, it’s not any one of the usual stable of ESPN analysts, its the one and only Donald J. Trump, along with his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. who will be announcing a full boxing card Saturday night from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
“I love great fighters and great fights,” According to USA Today, the statement was made by the former president at 75 years old. “I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event.”
Trump’s Night at the Fights
Trump and his son will be part of a full pay-per-view boxing card Saturday night for what FITE, who will bring you the broadcast calls “alternative No Holds Barred commentary.” Four fights, sponsored by the Triller Fight Club will be capped by the Main Event between 58-year-old Evander Hollyfield, in his first fight since 2011 and 44-year-old former UFC Light Heavyweight champion and MMA legend Vitor Belfort.
Oscar De La Hoya, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, was forced to withdraw. Evander Hollyfield replaces him.
Two other MMA legends, Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz, will be fighting on the card. David Haye vs. Joe Fournier, and Andy Vences vs. Jono Carrol.
What Is Triller
Triller Fight Club, an American video-sharing social networking service, has burst on the scene and has provided the sports world with some intriguing grudge fights between athletes spanning the boxing world, MMA scene, internet personalities and even a former basketball star. It all started in November 2020 with a fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
Triller has been able to attract stars from movies, television and the broad sporting industries to spice up their broadcasts. Donald Trump is the most famous of their celebrity fish. Pay-per-views have previously featured celebrities such as Pete Davidson. They were credited for elevating Jake Paul’s celebrity status.
Trump Is No Stranger to Combat Sports
Donald Trump has been an avid boxing fan throughout his public life. From relationships with UFC President Dana White and current UFC mouthpiece Jorge Masvidal to his close personal ties to super promoter Don King to his hosting of top-notch boxing cards at his casino properties in Atlantic City in the 1980’s, Trump has always had a hand in the combat sports world.
Trump is an expert on the fight game. Whether or not his familiarity will translate to an informed and entertaining broadcasting angle remains to be seen, but his presence on Saturday’s card will certainly add intrigue to Saturday’s event.
Keeping in the Spotlight
Nobody can accuse former President Trump of fading out of the public eye. He was also included on a boxing card as a commentator, which is another way to keep his name in popular culture circles.
Saturday night’s boxing event represents a head-scratching way for the former President to mark the 20th anniversary of September 11 – an event that changed his hometown of New York City forever. It will be entertaining, and it will provide many classic soundbites that will last for years.
On Saturday, eyes and ears will be watching Donald Trump to see if his attempt at boxing commentary is a tragedy. This reminds us of the 20-year-old disaster that his country endured when he first became a boxing analyst.
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