BREAKING NEWS: Oscar De La Hoya, 48, is hospitalized with COVID despite being vaccinated and pulls out of his comeback fight against Vitor Belfort
- De La Hoya, 48, revealed his COVID diagnosis on Friday
- The boxer is currently in hospital and appears to be having trouble breathing
- De La Hoya contracted the virus despite being fully vaccinated
- He was scheduled to fight former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in a comeback bout next Saturday
- De La Hoya has now withdrawn from the fight; Evander Holyfield is ready to step in and replaced him
The 48-year-old revealed his diagnosis on Friday – eight days before he was scheduled to step into the ring to take on former UFC champion Vitor Belfort at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
De La Hoya announced he had contracted the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated.
He shared a video to Twitter from his hospital bed accompanied by a caption which read: ‘I 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.
‘Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support.’
He added: ‘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.’
In his clip, De La Hoya appeared to be having trouble breathing, before he looked directly into the camera and stated: ‘What are the chances of me getting COVID? I’ve been taking care of myself and this really, really kicked my ass’.
De La Hoya’s upcoming comeback fight against Belfort was scheduled to be his first professional bout since his retirement back in 2009.
Professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya has withdrawn from his upcoming comeback fight after testing positive for COVID-19. He is pictured at a media event in Los Angeles last week
De La Hoya shared a video from his hospital bed on Friday after contracting COVID-19
De La Hoya – who is nicknamed ‘The Golden Boy’ – is ranked as the 29th best boxer of all time, pound for pound.
He shot to fame after winning a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics just months after graduating from high school.
The star has worked as a boxing promoter for the past two decades, and the match against Belfort was billed as a ‘one-fight comeback’.
It was being promoted by Triller Fight Club, the promotion that backed Jake Paul’s breakthrough bout back in 2019.
De La Hoya – who is nicknamed ‘The Golden Boy’ – is ranked as the 29th best boxer of all time, pound for pound. He shot to fame after winning a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics just months after graduating from high school
De La Hoya was scheduled to take on former UFC champion Vitor Belfort at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
Legendary former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is ready to step in to replacer De La Hoya, according to tmz.com.
The California State Athletic Commission will have have to approve the Holyfield-Belfort showdown.
If the commission does not sanction the fight, then the bout could then be staged in Florida instead.
Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is ready to replace Oscar De La Hoya