Evander Holyfield replacement in scrapped De La Hoya vs Belfort fight

Nov 10, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield poses for pictures before a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield poses for pictures before a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Evander Holyfield plans to step in the ring as a replacement for Oscar De La Hoya to box Vitor Belfort in the main event of Triller Fight Club’s card on Sept. 11.

Today the news came that boxing legend and multi-division champion De La Hoya had to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. De La Hoya’s last fight came in 2008.

Evander Holyfield replacement for COVID positive Oscar De La Hoya

Triller Fight Club, the promotion that backed Jake Paul’s breakthrough bout, is promoting this card and was also the promoter behind Holyfield’s twice-delayed fight with Kevin McBride. So moving the heavyweight great and two-division champion into this slot was a reasonable fix for the fledgling boxing organization.

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Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of GoldenBoy boxing promotions put on a boxing show at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on July 24, 2020 amid COVID-19 contingencies with no crowd and a limited staff. Mg 1777

Holyfield, 58, is 44-10-2 in his illustrious career but retired in 2014. He held titles over three decades in the sport — 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s — and was part of record-setting pay-per-view bouts with another icon of the squared circle in Mike Tyson.

Holyfield’s place on the card next Saturday must be approved by the state of California.

–Field Level Media

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