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Former US President, Donald Trump has said he is confident he would beat incumbent Joe Biden in the boxing ring if he gets the chance.
The 45th US President called in via phone call on Thursday, to a press conference ahead of Saturday’s boxing bout between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and former UFC light heavyweight champion, Vitor Belfort.
He was asked: “If you had to box somebody on Saturday night, who would it be and what would the fight look like?”
Trump replied, “Well, if I had to pick somebody in the world, not only a professional boxer — because I’ll take a pass on the professional boxers, that could be a very dangerous subject.
“But if I had to box somebody, I think probably my easiest fight would be Joe Biden, because I think he’d go down very, very quickly. Very, very quickly.”
“You know, he once said, ‘Oh, I’d like to take him behind the bar,’ ” added Trump, referencing the then-vice president’s 2016 statement that he would like to take Trump “behind the gym.”
He boasted, “He’d be in big trouble if he ever did. No, I think Biden would go down within the first few seconds.”
Trump’s verbal jab at his successor was met with laughter and applause from the fighters and other press conference attendees.
Meanwhile, the former president and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., are to provide commentary on a “gamecast” of the pay-per-view event, which will take place on Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
The main telecast will be manned by longtime voice of Boxing on HBO, Jim Lampley, while former welterweight world champion, Shawn Porter will be the analysis expert.
Holyfield is a last-minute substitute for Oscar De La Hoya, who was originally supposed to fight Belfort at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but withdrew after contracting COVID-19.