Oscar De La Hoya has tested positive for COVID-19 and he will not be able to face Vitor Belfort on September 11, as was planned. According to Kevin Iole, it is rather Evander Holyfield, 58, who will take his place.
The Hall of Fame boxer was set to compete for the first since a December 2008 TKO loss to Manny Pacquiao.
De La Hoya, who was due to step into a ring for the first time since 2008, shared a video on Twitter on Friday, in which he shares that he has contracted COVID-19.
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. pic.twitter.com/0wKEnr5Jzv— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) September 3, 2021
In another tweet, De La Hoya 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.”