LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Legendary East Los Angeles boxer Oscar De La Hoya remains hospitalized with COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated, and has been forced to withdraw from a planned comeback fight next week at Staples Center.
De La Hoya announced the news on Twitter Friday, posting a video in which the sullen boxer said from his hospital bed, ``What are the chances of me getting COVID? I've been taking care of myself. This really, really kicked my ass.''
In the social media post accompanying the video, he wrote, ``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. 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.''
The 48-year-old fighter had been training for a comeback bout against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, scheduled for Sept. 11 at Staples Center.
According to ESPN, former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 58, will now take on Belfort instead. The match, however, was not sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission and will instead be held at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida as part of Triller Fight Club PPV..
It was unclear where De La Hoya is hospitalized. According to the Los Angeles Times, the fighter met with a group of reporters earlier this week in downtown Los Angeles, at the headquarters of his Golden Boy boxing company.