Oscar De La Hoya, the aging hall of fame boxer, said he has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and will not participate in a comeback fight scheduled for later this month.
Mr De La Hoya, 48, posted videos to Instagram and Twitter on Friday of himself in a hospital bed in Los Angeles. He tells the camera in Spanish who had been diagnosed with Covid-19, even though he was fully vaccinated.
“Me siento mal, mal, mal, mal, tengo Covid, mi pecho no – no puedo respirar bien.” “I feel bad, bad, bad, bad. I have Covid, not my chest – I can’t breathe properly.”
The boxer, who retired with a professional record of 39-6 and won numerous world titles, has not fought in a professional boxing match since losing to Manny Pacquiao in 2008. Mr. De La Hoya has been training for the past few months for a game against Vitor Belfort, a former UFC champion, on Sept. 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In recent years, Mr De La Hoya, whose nickname was ‘Golden Boy’, has worked as a boxing promoter and last year helped bring boxing back during the pandemic, even if it meant there would be no fans in the arena. . He will be replaced in the fight by Evander Holyfield, ESPN reported.