Oscar De La Hoya Discharged From Hospital After 3 Days of Covid Treatment
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya seems to be doing well after contracting the coronavirus.
De La Hoya has been discharged from the hospital where he was admitted after his health deteriorated. The Golden Boy took to social media to announce the news.
De La Hoya seemed gutted to pull out of the September 11 fight against UFC legend Vitor Belfort.
“COVID hit me really hard. I was in the best shape of my life and I really can’t wait to get back in the ring. Thank you very much for all your well wishes and all your support,” the Golden Boy wrote.
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Another boxing legend, Evander Holyfield, has stepped up on short notice to replace him. The Florida Athletic Commission has allowed the 58-year-old to box, but the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency has warned of brain damage in case Holyfield takes punches to the head.
Belfort, 44, is considerably younger than his opponent. Holyfield is in good shape, but VADA fears that he could sustain damage in the fight.
“After 40, our brain shrinks on average 5% per decade. This means the bridging veins connecting the brain to its coverings are at increased risk of tearing and increases the risk of brain bleeds when the head is hit. Safety first,” the commission wrote in a statement.