Everything You Need to Know About Oscar De La Hoya’s Comeback in Las Vegas

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Oscar De La Hoya (39-6), one of the most popular and accomplished fighters in the history of professional boxing, hasn’t fought since way back in 2008, when he was beaten by a fellow legend in Manny Pacquiao.

That will soon change.

Following in the footsteps over other boxing greats like Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr., Floyd Mayweather Jr and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., the 48-year-old will soon mount an unlikely comeback—and for better or for worse, it’s got people talking.

At this stage, many of the details surrounding the 11-time, six-division world champion’s return to the ring are unclear. Luckily, VIVA has you covered.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Oscar De La Hoya comeback fight.


When is the Oscar De La Hoya Comeback Fight Happening?

Oscar De La Hoya will return to the boxing ring on Saturday, September 11.

Where is the Oscar De La Hoya Comeback Fight Happening?

Oscar De La Hoya’s comeback fight is expected to occur in Las Vegas, but the exact venue for the event hasn’t yet been revealed by Triller Fightclub, the bout’s promoter. We’ll update this article as new details emerge.

Who is Oscar De La Hoya Fighting?

After briefly floating the idea of a boxing match with former two-division UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, De La Hoya ultimately signed on for a fight with another decorated UFC star in Vitor Belfort.

Belfort, 44, is the former UFC light heavyweight champion. The Brazilian boasts a 26-14 overall record in MMA, with wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Randy Couture, Rich Franklin, Anthony Johnson, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Dan Henderson. He is just 1-0 as a pro boxer, having picked up a win over Josemario Neves way back in 2006. What he lacks in boxing experience, however, he will make up for in size.

Belfort has fought as far north as the heavyweight division, which has a 265-pound limit, in the past. He will tower over De La Hoya, who has never fought heavier than 160 pounds. De La Hoya ostensibly didn’t realize that until the fight was already made official.

“He is a big guy,” the boxer told reporter Lance Pugmire recently. “I didn’t realize how big he was. He is a big guy, Jesus, but it’s all right I have a good chin. You know as long as I have my stamina, which obviously I will. I mean, I won’t go inside the ring not having stamina. But I am feeling good, I am feeling great.”

What are the Rules for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort?

De La Hoya and Belfort will meet in an exhibition bout, which means that the result will not appear on either man’s record. That being said, knockouts are generally allowed in exhibitions, so the possibility of a highlight-reel performance for either fighter is certainly high.

As far as the rules of the bout go, we’re still waiting on those details. The same goes for the official weight of the bout, the size of the gloves the two fighters will wear, and the number of rounds they’ll compete for. We’ll update this article when those details are revealed.

How Can You Attend Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort?

Tickets for Triller Fightclub’s Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort boxing exhibition have not yet gone on sale, but they’re expected to be made available soon. Stay tuned to the company’s official website for updates.

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