Oscar De La Hoya Hospitalized With Covid, Pulls Out From Vitor Belfort Battle
Oscar De La Hoya was hospitalized with Covid, pulled out from the Vitor Belfort battle.
On Friday, Oscar De La Hoya announced on social media that as Covid-19 progresses, he has been hospitalized.
“I mean, what are the chances of me getting Covid? I’ve been taking care of myself and this really, really kicked my a–,” he said in a video from his hospital bed.
The 48-year-old De La Hoya was originally scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort on the set. He Ranked 11th in Los Angeles 13 years later. The boxer said that because of his diagnosis, he had to retire.
“Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, and I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support,” he said in a statement accompanying the video. “I am currently in the hospital getting treatment and am confident I will be back in the ring before the year is up. God bless everyone, and stay safe.”
The match between De La Hoya and Belfort will be the main event of Triller Fight Club. Co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh told ESPN that Evander Holyfield agreed to step in and fight Belfort.
According to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, recognized in 2014, De La Hoya, also known as the “Golden Boy”, has won 10 world championships in six different weight classes.
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