Evander Holyfield (58) will face Vitor Belfort in the fight after Oscar De La Hoya gets COVID, per report

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.

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.

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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

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