Boxing SPORTS GIST FORMER AMERICAN BOXER OSCA DE LA HOYA HOSPITALIZED DUE TO COVID-19 By Admin Posted on 2 weeks ago 2 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Farouq Oduola A. Former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, has withdrawn from his bout against Ex-UFC fighter Vitor Belfort next weekend in Los Angeles due to a coronavirus infection. On Friday, the 48-year-old confirmed the news by posting a video from his hospital bed to his social media platforms. The fight against former UFC champion Belfort, which was set to take place on September 11, would have marked the Hall of Fame boxer’s first return to the ring since 2008. Before getting COVID-19, De La Hoya said he had been properly vaccinated. In a short video, De La Hoya asked, “What are the possibilities of me obtaining COVID? I’ve been taking care of myself, and this has truly knocked my socks off.” He added a note to his Twitter post: “I wanted to let you know that despite being completely vaccinated, I have contracted Covid and will be unable to compete next weekend. “Over the last month, nothing has been more important to me than preparing for this comeback, and I want to express my gratitude to everyone for their unconditional support. “I’m now receiving treatment in the hospital and am certain that I’ll be back in the ring before the end of the year. God bless you everyone and keep you safe.” Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 58, has accepted to step ina nd fight Belfort, 44. Holyfield’s most recent fight was a TKO win over Brian Nielsen in 2011, while De La Hoya’s most recent professional fight was a loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2008.