Oscar De La Hoya announced Friday he contracted COVID-19 and was in the hospital
receiving treatment, The 48-year-old has not battled between the ropes since he
was stopped by Manny Pacquiao in December 2008.
De La Hoya posted a video of himself on Twitter in a hospital bed. He said he
contracted the illness despite being fully vaccinated.
“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 tweeted.
“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.”
De La Hoya fought professionally from 1992 to 2008 and had already stepped away
from the ring once. His last bout came in a loss to Manny Pacquiao via a referee
technical decision in December 2008. He beat Steve Forbes via unanimous decision in
De La Hoya and Belfort were set to square off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on
Sept. 11. Belfort is a former UFC star. He last fought in a boxing match in 2006 against
Josemario Neves and won via knockout. It’s unclear whether Belfort will find an
opponent eight days before the bout.