Oscar De La Hoya was knocked out by COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated against the virus.
On Sept. 3, the boxer shared the news in a social media video posted from his hospital bed. “What are the chances of me getting COVID?” he expressed, appearing visibly exhausted. “I’ve been taking care of myself and this really, really kicked my ass.”
De La Hoya, 48, will no longer compete in a comeback match against former UFC Champion Vitor Belfort, which was scheduled for Sept. 11 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
It would have marked the athlete’s first time competing professionally since 2008.