PROFESSIONAL Boxer Oscar De La Hoya was scheduled to make his comeback debut in Las Vegas when he had to pull out after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
While the boxer tested positive, he has since revealed that he is getting better and was released from the hospital on September 8, 2021, following three days of treatment.
Is Oscar De La Hoya vaccinated?
As Coronavirus cases continue to rise, breakthrough cases, which are infections that occur in fully vaccinated people, are also popping up.
De La Hoya is one of those breakthrough cases after revealing he still tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.
On Friday, September 3, De La Hoya revealed his vaccination status after telling his fans about his diagnosis.
“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,” De La Hoys said in a video posted on Twitter. “Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, and I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support.”
De La Hoya was scheduled to fight UFC champion Vitor Belfort on September 11, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which would have marked his first fight since announcing retirement in 2008.
What did Oscar De La Hoya say about his Covid-19 diagnosis?
Following his release from the hospital, De La Hoya took to social media once again to address his fans and thank them for their support.
“Hey guys, I am out of the hospital. I was in there for 3 days. COVID hit me really hard,” De La Hoya said. “I was in the best shape of my life and I really can’t wait to get back in the ring.”
While it is unknown when De La Hoya will be back in the ring, he said in his video that he hopes it will be by the end of the year.
What did Vitor Belfort’s coach say about De La Hoya’s Covid-19 diagnosis?
After De La Hoya pulled out of the match, Belfort’s coach, Derik Santos, claimed that he was ‘skeptical’ about his diagnosis.
In an interview with Vegas Insider, Santos stated: “I’m not trying to disrespect Oscar, I saw the video of Oscar but if I’m being honest, I’m still skeptical. Something about it didn’t seem right.
“The level of how bad it looked. I know you can still get Covid if you’re double vaccinated, but it didn’t seem right. Maybe he realized we were taking the fight seriously, I don’t know.”
Santos later continued: “As far as I know, their side didn’t try to jump out and reschedule like others have, so yeah, I’m a little skeptical. I think he thought, ‘What have I got myself into’ – he even posted this. We were going in there to give him a very good boxing match. We were ready. “If the man does have Covid then I wish him a good recovery, I’m just mildly skeptical.”
Following De La Hoya’s drop out, four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has been announced as his replacement and the fight will now be moved to Hollywood, Florida.
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