Oscar De La Hoya is out. Scheduled to return to boxing after a 13-year hiatus has been diagnosed with COVID.
Oscar De La Hoya Scheduled To Fight Vitor Belfort In Triller Fight Club Card
Oscar De La Hoya (The Golden Boy) is unable to have his big return to the sport of boxing anytime soon.
The 48-year-old former boxer was scheduled to fight the ex-UFC light heavyweight champion, Vitor Belfort, in the main event of a Triller Fight Club card.
Unfortunately, Oscar has COVID.
Back in December of 2008, De La Hoya was in the ring with Manny Pacquiao.
The fight was stopped after 8 rounds and De La Hoya hasn’t fought since. It’s been 13 years.
Evander Holyfield To Replace De La Hoya
Confirmed by Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh, the fight will go on. Set to replace Oscar is none other than Evander Holyfield.
Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh confirmed that former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will serve as De la Hoya’s replacement.
De La Hoya took to Twitter with a photo of himself in the hospital with this heartfelt message –
““Wanted you to hear directly from me that despite being fully vaccinated, I have contracted COVID and am not going to be able to fight next weekend.
Prepring for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support.” – Oscar De La Hoya via Twitter
The big event is scheduled to go down in Los Angeles.
As reported by Yahoo! Sports, 58-year -old Holyfield has yet to be approved as an opponent by the California State Athletic Commission.
It’s been a decade since Evander Holyfield’s been in the ring.
If California doesn’t approve Holyfield, the fight could be moved to another venue.