Oscar De La Hoya’s deliberate July 3 boxing comeback isn’t taking place, however the 48-year-old “Golden Boy” will nonetheless be moving into a hoop this 12 months, although it’s not fairly what he overrated.
Although he mentioned he’d have an actual struggle — “actual” would imply “sanctioned” in precise phrases — and it will be towards “the perfect,” De La Hoya will really be having an exhibition towards 44-year-old former UFC star Vitor Belfort on Sept. 11, The Athletic reports.
The “struggle” may have 12-ounce gloves and sure happen in Las Vegas, with Triller Combat Membership selling the bout.
De La Hoya hasn’t fought since he was completely picked aside and admittedly embarrassed towards Manny Pacquiao in Dec. 2008, retiring in early 2009. He’s fought off the urge to struggle once more regardless of retiring at an age the place he actually might have modified his thoughts and are available again.
Belfort has an extended and controversial historical past in combined martial arts, with a profession 26-14 file. He hasn’t fought since a 2018 loss to Lyoto Machida, however was a terrific fighter in his prime, with a kind of now “old-fashioned” MMA data that doesn’t fairly replicate how good he was, as a result of he fought lots of fellow prime tier fighters.
However that’s about as a lot as must be mentioned from the “competitors” angle right here, as a result of exhibitions will not be competitors. We tried to let you know that about Mike Tyson “vs” Roy Jones Jr, which individuals principally loved, and about Floyd Mayweather “vs” Logan Paul, which individuals principally appear to have been mad about. Maybe with this having two respectable former stars, it can lean extra towards the favorable reception even when it’s blatantly apparent what it’s.