Former Six-Weight Champ Out After Contracting COVID-19
Intuboxing.com has learned that the proposed comeback of six-weight world champion, Oscar De La Hoya is off. American news outlet, TMZ is reporting that 'The Golden Boy' has tested positive for COVID-19 and can no longer compete. His bout, against MMA legend, Vitor Belfort was scheduled to take place in just just 8 days time at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.
Now we've all heard that old cliche, 'The show must go on'. Well fight fans, go on it shall. But, your truly is still rubbing his eyes and cleaning out his ears. A replacement has been found in short order. Step in 'The Real Deal' former two weight world champ and all time great ... Evander Holyfield.
Now i know what you are all thinking, the sport is turning more into a circus than embodying the sweet science. But, it is what it is. Holyfield is 58 years old, and hasnt been seen in a boxing ring for a little over a decade. However, rumours of a comeback have been rife ever since Mike Tyson decided to make a return to the squared circle against fellow legend, Roy Jones Jr.
Belfort himself hasnt competed in three years. The MMA legend was last seen in the world of combat sports, lying on the canvas, after a front-face kick left ended his UFC career at UFC 224 against Lyoto Machida. Belfort does have one professional boxing bout to his name, beating the unknown, Josemario Neves by first-round TKO way back in 2006.
Triller have yet to make a comment on the situation.
For now, this is all up in the air. As the California State Athletic Commission have yet to sanction the bout. Rumour has it, that should the CSAC say no, then the entire card will be relocated to Florida (way to irk those that bought a ticket). This news comes just a day after it was announced that David Haye's 'Last Hurrah' against friend, Joe Fournier. Was refused to be sanctioned as a bout by the CSAC. The fight was originally penned over eight, three minute rounds. But will now be fought under exhibition style rules with eight, two minute rounds and the gloves changed from ten to twelve ounce gloves.