The American boxing legend, Oscar De La Hoya, announced his withdrawal from his fight this month in Los Angeles, due to infection with the Corona virus, despite receiving a full vaccination, and he was transferred to the hospital.
Olympic champion Oscar de la Hoya, known as the “Golden Boy”, was scheduled to fight his first fight since 2008 against former Brazilian martial arts champion Victor Belfort, on September 11, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
De La Hoya, 48, indicated in a series of “tweets” and videos from his hospital bed in Los Angeles, that the result of the test for the detection of the Corona virus was positive (i.e. infected) despite receiving the full vaccination, and his concern for himself.
“I wanted you to know the news directly from me, that despite having taken the full vaccination, I have contracted Covid, and I will not be able to box next week,” De La Hoya said.
The retired former boxing champion continued, “Preparing to return has meant everything to me over the past months, and I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support.”
De La Hoya said he could not breathe well and was in a lot of pain.
“It was a shock to me,” De La Hoya confirmed in one of the videos.
The veteran boxer thanked the fans after his support to return to the ring, indicating that he expects to return before the end of this year.
It was reported that the veteran former heavyweight champion, 58-year-old Evander Holyfield, had agreed to take the fight in place of De La Hoya, but it was not yet clear whether the fight would take place in Los Angeles or be transferred to Florida.
It is noteworthy that Oscar de la Hoya achieved 30 victories during his professional career, compared to 6 defeats and 3 draws, and he retired from boxing after losing to Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao, in the fight that brought them together on December 6, 2008.