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Oscar De La Hoya has contracted coronavirus
Oscar De La Hoya has contracted coronavirus

Oscar De La Hoya has been hospitalised after contracting coronavirus, putting his boxing comeback on hold.

De La Hoya, often cited as one of the sport's greats, was due to come out of retirement to face former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in Los Angeles on September 11.

But the 48-year-old has had to withdraw from the fight after falling ill.

Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 58, is reported to have been lined up as a replacement for De La Hoya.

De La Hoya tweeted a video from his hospital bed on Friday, with the caption: "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."

A follow-up tweet added: "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," a follow-up tweet read.

In the video itself, De La Hoya – who had a 39-6 record from his 45 professional fights – said: "I mean, what are the chances of me getting coronavirus?

"I've been taking care of myself. This really, really kicked my a**."

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