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Oscar De La Hoya suffered a serious case of COVID-19
Oscar De La Hoya suffered a serious case of COVID-19

Oscar De La Hoya has overcome coronavirus after spending three days in hospital, the boxing great has confirmed.

De La Hoya was due to come out of retirement to face former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in Los Angeles on Saturday.

But the 48-year-old had to withdraw from the fight after falling ill with COVID-19.

He tweeted: "Hey guys, I am out of the hospital. I was in there for three days.

"COVID hit me really hard. I was in the best shape of my life and I really can't wait to get back in the ring.

"Thank you very much for all your well wishes and all your support. I appreciate it."

Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 58, has been named as a replacement for De La Hoya, though that decision has been met with scrutiny.

Indeed, the event has now had to be moved to Florida due to licensing issues and Holyfield has not fought in more than a decade.

David Haye is ending his retirement to fight Joe Fournier in the headline bout.

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