Just over a week remains until the date planned for the big return of Oscar de la Hoya to the ring and the exhibition match against Vitor Belfort. Unfortunately, "Golden Boy" is now forced to cancel the same match, for which they have been passionately preparing for weeks.
The reason for this is COVID-19, with which he managed to become infected despite being vaccinated. Oscar personally revealed this via Instagram, posting a video from the hospital where he is in the treatment he underwent after he felt stronger symptoms.
"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, and I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support."
"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." Da la Hoya has not fought for 13 years, that is since many believe he retired prematurely.
The 48-year-old gold medalist from Barcelona and one of the best professional boxers in the last fields of the century, has been announcing his return for a long time and finally contracted him this year with the organization of Thriller.
However, he will not enter the ring on September 11, as announced. Indeed, De la Hoya was unlucky, and he seems to be facing a battle with the coronavirus and a long recovery. Just when we were expecting a fight that would arouse great interest and his return to the big stage, a disease appeared that has been disturbing everything for a long time and makes things not go as they should.
We hope for Oscar to recover as soon as possible and return to the ring
Very soon, information began to appear in the media that the event would take place and that the organizer already had a very good replacement opponent for Belfort.
It should be the legendary absolute lightweight and heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield. Holyfield, 58, has been in contact with Thriller for some time. Renewals of his rivalries with Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe have been mentioned for some time, but no agreement has been reached.
Eventually, Holyfield arranged a match against Kevin McBride, which was supposed to take place at the Thriller show, but it was canceled. There is no doubt that Holyfield is interested in this match, the only question is how things are with the body that needs to regulate it all, and it is assumed that this is the reason why Evander has not yet been officially announced as a replacement.