Oscar De La Hoya has had to halt his boxing return. As a result, the 48-year old was positive for COVID-19. He will be forced to pull out of his fight against Vitor Belfort on Sept. 11.
He will be replaced instead by another legend in boxing. According to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, Evander Holyfield (58) will replace De La Hoya.
Source: Oscar De La Hoya tested positive for COVID, and is now out of the Sept. 11 fight against Vitor Belfort at Triller. Evander Holyfield will be fighting Belfort. Holyfield could be moved to another state if the California Commission doesn’t agree.
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger)September 3, 2021
Coppinger points out that Holyfield’s approval by the California commission is a hurdle. The fight must continue, regardless of whether it is in California or anywhere else.
Holyfield won 44 out of the 57 fights that he participated in over his entire career. He was a undisputed champion at heavyweight and cruiserweight in the 1980s and 1990s. In a fight against Mike Tyson in 1997, he had a part of one ear removed.
Holyfield last fought back in 2011, before he retired from fighting in 2014. His fight with Kevin McBride was originally scheduled for the summer. However, it was rescheduled. Holyfield now has a chance against Belfort.
De La Hoya was expected to fight his first opponent since 2008’s loss to Manny Pacquiao. De La Hoya was only returning to the ring for an exhibition bout. It remains to be determined if the 39-6-year-old boxer, who won eleven world titles and a career record of 39-6, will return.
Publited Fri, 3 Sep 2021 at 18:41:47 +0000