Oscar De La Hoya is happy his boxing fight against Vitor Belfort never materialized in 2021.
De La Hoya and Belfort were scheduled to meet inside the ring in September 2021. However, the fight was quickly canceled and never took place.
“I was actually a week away and had COVID. That was the bottom line. I had COVID, and it made me hard. I was very disappointed, I was destroyed.
“I really wanted to be in the ring and fight. Boxing is my comfort zone. Being inside the ring is all I know. So it was a blow for me because I was in great shape mentally, physically,” said De La Hoya.
The 49-year-old noted that he was destroyed by the cancellation as he really wanted to compete in boxing, which is his comfort zone.
Looking back, however, De La Hoya is glad his fight against the former UFC champion didn’t happen, as Belfort had so much of a size advantage that a massive punch could have put him in. a difficult situation.
“I’m pretty glad it didn’t happen because who knows what could have happened? I mean a bad punch, especially against a guy who was 210 pounds.
“I’ve never even seen that weight, never in my life. Everything happens for a reason, so yeah, but I hung up the gloves,” De La Hoya said.
Prior to the cancellation, De La Hoya alluded to regret accepting the fight. After pulling out of the fight due to COVID-19, the Belfort camp was skeptical of De La Hoya’s diagnosis, believing he could possibly fake contracting COVID-19 in order to get out of the fight.
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