LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar De La Hoya’s return to the ring should wait after the fighter mentioned he examined optimistic for COVID-19.
The 48-year-old De La Hoya was scheduled to combat on Sept. 11 towards former MMA fighter Vitor Belfort in a pay-per-view occasion at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It would have been his first combat since being stopped by Manny Pacquiao in 2008.
The former boxing champion posted a video online Friday of himself in a hospital mattress, saying he caught the virus regardless of being totally vaccinated.
“I am currently in the hospital getting treatment and am confident I will be back in the ring before the year is up,” De La Hoya mentioned.
De La Hoya, who has been a boxing promoter since retiring, was to have fought the 44-year-old Belfort at 185 kilos, 40 kilos heavier than he was for his loss to Pacquiao.