LOS ANGELES (AP/KTLA) — Oscar De La Hoya’s return to the ring will have to wait after the fighter said he tested positive for COVID-19. The 48-year-old De La Hoya was scheduled to fight on Sept. 11 against former MMA fighter Vitor Belfort in a pay-per-view event from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
It would have been his first fight since being stopped by Manny Pacquiao in 2008.
The former boxing champion posted a video online of himself in a hospital bed, saying he caught the virus despite being fully vaccinated.
Triller, the producer of the event, has called on four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield to replace De La Hoya in next week’s match, the Los Angeles Times reported. But the change needs to be approved by the California State Athletic Commission.