MMA legend Vitor Belfort is continuing to pursue a late-career run in the boxing ring with the announcement of a new bout against Hasim Rakhim Jr at DAZN X Series 002 on October 15th in Sheffield, England.
His opponent, the son of former two-time heavyweight boxing star Hasim Rahman, recently came into the spotlight when he was picked as Jake Paul’s next opponent in the boxing ring, only for the fight to then fall through after issues emerged with Rahman meeting the weight limit that Paul’s camp had imposed upon him leading up to the bout.
At the time the 31-year-old Rahman Jr was just coming off the first loss of his 13-fight professional career, suffering a fifth round TKO defeat back in April. He had secured 6 wins via finish during his prior 12-fight unbeaten run, though in total the combined record of his opponents had been just 56-116.
As for Belfort, he’s now 45-years-old, but still has shown a desire to compete since announcing his MMA retirement back in 2018 after a KO loss to Lyoto Machida in the UFC’s Octagon, bowing out with a 26-14 (+1nc) record.
Last year he took on an exhibition bout against heavyweight boxing legend Evander Holyfield and TKO’d him in less than two-minutes, though it was less impressive than it sounds as it was painfully obvious that the 59-year-old had no business competing any more, appearing slow, fragile and unsteady on his feet.
The fight with Rahman Jr won’t be Belfort’s professional boxing debut though as he had previously earned a KO victory over Josemario Neves in his native Brazil all the way back in 2006.