Boxing Hall of Fame member Oscar De La Hoya (Oscar De La Hoya) was forced to withdraw from his 13-year retirement on September 11 after he tested positive for COVID-19.
De La Hoya, 47, posted a video on social media from his hospital bed on Friday, confirming TMZ’s original report. “Golden Boy” wrote on Twitter that he is fully vaccinated and originally planned to play eight rounds (two-minute rounds) against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in the Triller Fight Club paid main event-at Los Angeles Staples Center viewing.
“I mean, how likely I am to contract COVID,” De La Hoya said in the video, frustrated. “I have been taking care of myself. It really, really makes me very angry.”
Ryan Kavanaugh of Triller told multiple media that his promotion hopes to replace De La Hoya with 59-year-old Evand Holyfield. The former four-time heavyweight champion has not yet been approved by the California State Athletic Commission to face the 44-year-old Belfort (1-0 in boxing, 26-14 in mixed martial arts), although Cavano said the entire event will be moved if it is In this case, another state. TMZ report Florida will be the front runner.
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), he won five heavyweight world championships in his 16-year career, among which the former Olympic gold medalist became the biggest draw in the sport, originally in 2008 Pacquiao retired after defeating Manny.
“I am currently undergoing treatment in the hospital and I believe I will return to the game before the end of the year,” De La Hoya Wrote on Twitter“God bless everyone and stay safe.”
Belfort originally planned to face De La Hoya with a contract weight of 185 pounds, and he is at the highest level in the three classes from middleweight to heavyweight in MMA. The Brazilian won his only professional boxing match in 2006, and the last time he participated in a mixed martial arts match was kicked out by Machida Ryuto at UFC 224 in 2018.
Although Belfort continued to sign with MMA to advance to the ONE Championship in 2019, he was cancelled the following year before appearing in the competition. Belfort was originally signed for his Triller boxing debut with social media celebrity Mike “The Real Tarzan” Holston on June 19, but the card was later cancelled.
Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) has not participated in a boxing match since defeating Brian Nelson in Denmark in 2011. The former two-level champion has been training for a comeback game, but in exhibition matches that have been postponed many times, he saw his proposed Treler debut against former Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride.
After McBride’s match was not rescheduled, Holyfield filed a request for arbitration with Treller this week, claiming that it violated a contract of more than $5 million, which was reportedly due to a trilogy match against Tyson. Guaranteed by promotional activities. After Tyson severed ties with the company after his exhibition game with Roy Jones Jr. last fall, the fight never came to fruition, which led to Triller’s lawsuit.
The Triller card, led by Belfort, will also play a 195-pound boxing match between MMA legends Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz.