AceShowbiz - Former boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya is battling COVID in hospital and has cancelled his big fight comeback.
The star shared the news on Friday (03Sep21), eight days before he was due to return to the ring to fight former UFC champ at Vitor Belfort at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
Posting a video of himself in his hospital bed on Twitter, Oscar wrote alongside it, "I 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, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support."
He 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."
In the clip, the athlete, who won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, just after he had graduated from high school, appeared short of breath as he asked directly to camera, "What are the chances of me getting COVID? I've been taking care of myself and this really, really kicked my a**?"
The bout with Belfort would have marked Oscar's first fight since 2009.