FORMER President Donald Trump arrived to cheers and applause on Saturday evening before the 9/11 fight between Evander Holyfield and MMA legend Vitor Belfort.

Trump will be joined by his son, Don Jr., in providing commentary on a "gamecast" of the event, organizers Triller told ESPN.

The former president, who is close to Holyfield, confirmed his attendance in a release.

He said: "I love great fighters and great fights.

"I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won't want to miss this special event."

According to Triller, which is overseeing the event, the Trumps will call the entire four-fight telecast, which will also include Anderson Silva-Tito Ortiz and David Haye-Joe Fournier.

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    'MOST EXPLOSIVE GUYS'

    "Two of the most explosive guys at 130lbs throwing down," FITE tweeted alongside a video clip of the fight.

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    TRUMP SALUTES CHEERING FANS

    Trump held up his hand to fans before giving his commentary.

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    'ATTITUDE ISN'T EVERYTHING'

    "The attitude isn't everything," Trump said. "This has a chance to be a very good fight."

    He called Carroll and Vences "two very professional fighters."

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    VENCES VS CARROLL

    Trump said: "They both want to be captain and one of them probably will be.

    "This is a big fight for both of them."

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    TRUMP DRINKS DIET COKE

    Former President Donald Trump is seen drinking Diet Coke at the event.

    The former president sits by his son Don JrCredit: AFP
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    HAYE 'LOOKS VERY PROFESSIONAL'

    Former President Trump says David Haye "looks very professional… which he should, he was a champion."

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    HAYE, FOURNIER FINAL PUNCH STATS

    David Haye threw a total of 181 punches and Joe Fournier threw a total of 107 punches.

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    DAVID HAYE'S VICTORY

    Haye took the "unanimous decision victory."

  • Danielle Cinone

    TRUMP LIKENS FIGHT TO ELECTIONS

    "It's like elections, it could be rigged," the former president said.

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    HAYE 'LOOKS VERY PROFESSIONAL'

    Former President Trump says David Haye "looks very professional… which he should, he was a champion."

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    TRUMP SAYS EVANDER WAS 'ALWAYS UNDERRATED'

    "I think Evander Holyfield maybe had zero body fat," Trump said. "He was always underrated.

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    TRUMP COMMENTS ON LARRY HOLMES' 'LEFT JAB'

    Trump said Larry Holmes' left jab was "so incredible" and his fight with Mohammed Ali — "That was the worst beating that Ali took."

    "It was an incredible left jab."

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    'SO MANY GREAT FIGHTS'

    Trump said he's seen "so many great fights"

    He explained: "A great fight was Hagler vs Herns. That was the most vicious three rounds anybody has ever seen."

    Don Jr. also recalled his "first taste of politics" was in boxing.

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    'TONIGHT'S CARD IS GOING TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL'

    "I think tonight's card is going to be very successful. People are very excited about this card," Trump said.

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    PRE-FIGHT PERFORMANCE

    The live stream started at 7pm on Saturday 9/11.

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    TRUMP SPEAKS BEFORE BOXING MATCH

    “We love our country and we’re going to do great things for our country. And our country is going to come back,” Trump said before the fight.

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    'WE'RE GOING TO MAKE A COMEBACK

    Before the fight, Trump said what happened in Afghanistan "with 13 great warriors and many injured and many people killed in these final few days" should have never happened.

    "It was just a shame, but we're a great country and we're going to make a comeback like nobody's ever seen before," he added.

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    TRUMP TALKS BEFORE FIGHT

    "We love our country and we're going to do great things for our country. And our country is going to come back," Trump said before the fight.

    "We should have never allowed to happen what happened in Afghanistan."

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    IS DONALD TRUMP RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN THE 2024 ELECTION?

    Speculation about whether Trump will announce a 2024 bid for the White House has grown since his defeat in the 2020 election.

    Trump has yet to make an official announcement, though many in his circles believe the former president will try to run again.

    Trump is planning a rally in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, according to comments he made on the Todd Starnes show.

    Speaking about the crowd sizes at recent rallies, Trump said: “We’re doing some more. We’re going to Iowa. We’re going to Georgia. We’re going to some others.”

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    PRELIMS LIVE ON NOW

    The fight is just minutes away.

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    FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP ARRIVES AT HARD ROCK

    GIFD Sports tweeted on Saturday evening: "Donald Trump showed up to the Hard Rock during the prelims of the #HolyFieldBelfort fight and got cheered #trillerfightclub."

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    RUDY GIULIANI WANTED TRUMP, NOT BIDEN, TO VISIT NYC

    New York City’s former mayor Rudy Giuliani told WABC radio during a 9/11 remembrance: “President Biden shouldn’t come here. He doesn’t belong here.”

    “President Biden made decisions that were reckless, almost to the point of insanity,” he said Friday afternoon.

    “It would be as if I went down to Ground Zero and I said, ‘Take out the firefighters and all you civilians, see if you can get yourselves out and maybe some terrorists can help you out.’”

    “If you leave Americans behind, you could be the president or anybody else, I just have no respect for you,” the former mayor added. “President Biden did probably one of the most reckless acts in American history and he’s putting us through hell.”

    Donald Trump did not appear with Biden, or former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, at Ground Zero this morning.

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    MATCH WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO HAPPEN IN LOS ANGELES

    Saturday’s card was originally meant to take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with 48-year-old Oscar De La Hoya returning to the ring to face Vitor Belfort in the main event.

    But De La Hoya was recently hospitalized with COVID-19, and the event was moved cross-country to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, Florida.

    Holyfield, 58, stepped in last minute to replace De La Hoya in the main event.

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    TRUMP SAYS A FIGHT WITH BIDEN WOULD END ‘VERY, VERY QUICKLY’

    “If you said if I had to box somebody, I think probably my easiest fight would be Joe Biden,” former President Donald Trump said when asked who he would want to face in a hypothetical match, according to TMZ.

    “Because I think he’d go down very, very quickly. Very, very quickly.”

    It’s not the first time the 45th president expresses his desire to physically fight Biden.

    “Of all the people in the world that I could fight, that’s probably the one I’d like to most fight,” he said during a campaign rally last year, per Business Insider.

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    MORE ALL-TIME GREAT CELEBRITY COMMENTATOR APPEARANCES

    Action movie legend Sylvester Stallone still carries a torch for the Toffees.

    Back in 2007, he appeared at Goodison Park as Everton entertained Reading and waved to fans on the pitch.

    He was a good friend of then-club director Robert Earl, who invited him to the game.

    Stallone has said in the past he regrets not investing money in the club, and reportedly still follows their games.

    When Liam and Noel Gallagher were still talking, they agreed on one thing… they would walk out pal Ricky Hatton for his 2008 fight against Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas.

    The warring brothers carried out their fellow Mancunian’s IBO and Ring Magazine belts to the ring at the MGM Grand Hotel before he beat his opponent in the 11th round.

    Honestly, if you didn't know anything about the sport, you'd have thought it was Liam who was having the scrap – given the gesturing towards the other corner.

    The Gallaghers have always meant a lot to Hatton. "When I think of the most important things in my life, there’s my family first and Campbell my son, then I’ve got boxing, next comes Manchester City, then it’s Oasis," he once said.

    When rocker Rod Stewart was asked to do the Scottish Cup fifth round draw for the 2016-17 season, no one could've imagined what would've happened next.

    His arm spun round, it swooped into the bowl, and he animatedly announced each number with glee.

    Later, Rod said he was doing an impression of Rod Hull and his Emu puppet.

    "I did tell them, I said 'Listen guys when I come and watch the football I do like a bevvy or two'. They said 'Don't worry about it,'" he told the Harry Redknapp Show podcast.

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