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Oscar De La Hoya’s boxing match with ex-UFC star Vitor Belfort now a PROFESSIONAL bout — RT Sport Information

Ring legend Oscar De La Hoya will tackle blended martial arts nice Vitor Belfort in a professional boxing match in September after asserting that the combat is now not scheduled as an ‘exhibition bout’.

De La Hoya turned the most recent ring legend to stroll the comeback path when he revealed earlier this 12 months that he was to observe within the footsteps of fellow icons Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. by asserting his return on the age of 48 – some 13 years because the former pound-for-pound nice final set foot in a boxing ring.

The combat with UFC veteran Belfort was initially scheduled as an exhibition much like final 12 months’s Tyson-Jones Jr. showdown, that means {that a} winner would not be declared and nor wouldn’t it fall underneath the jurisdiction of the California State Athletic Fee.

Nevertheless, after apparently being impressed by his personal preparations for his comeback, De La Hoya has put his cash the place is mouth is and has efficiently petitioned for the combat to be thought-about a full, skilled contest.

[Oscar] is the one who mentioned, ‘I’m in one of the best form of my life, f*ck this exhibition B.S. I am going for actual,” mentioned Ryan Kavanaugh of Triller, promoters of the combat, to ESPN.

None of this ballroom dancing boxing has needed to endure. Each of them are in unimaginable form.”

The bout is scheduled to happen throughout eight, two-minute rounds with each males set to put on 10oz gloves, although some modifications should be made to ruleset for the combat scheduled for September 11 in Los Angeles’ Staples Middle as it’s understood that official paperwork has but to be accomplished.

A conflict is anticipated to happen at a catchweight of 180lbs, which can signify the heaviest weight of De La Hoya’s profession after principally competing between 154 to 160lbs throughout his heyday. 

Age is only a quantity children, when folks inform me that I’m too outdated I reply by letting them know that the thoughts is a really highly effective instrument when ready mentally and bodily,” De La Hoya introduced on Instagram.

Yoga has accomplished wonders for me and maintaining a healthy diet on a regular basis. If you happen to’re having a tough time getting motivated if you’re a complainer and at all times critique, if you’re the one who simply lays round doing nothing and bullies everybody by way of the keyboard, properly let me inform you there’s hope for you.

Get off your ass and simply do it. It doesn’t matter what it’s set a brief time period purpose and begin small.”

Belfort, in the meantime, primarily fought in blended martial arts’ middleweight body of 185lbs, however has competed as excessive as heavyweight in his in depth fight profession.

‘The Phenom’, 44, who was at one level the UFC’s youngest ever event winner, claiming the UFC 12 heavyweight playoff all the way in which again in 1997 on the age of simply 19 – at a time when De La Hoya was thought-about by most to be amongst boxing’s largest stars and was the reigning WBC welterweight champion, a title ‘The Golden Boy’ would maintain till his first skilled defeat to Felix Trinidad in 1999.

The De La Hoya vs. Belfort combat is the most recent instance of boxing’s latest income stream of pairing ageing veterans in opposition to excessive profile blended martial artists or social media stars and comes weeks after Floyd Mayweather was criticized for what many noticed as a lackluster displaying in opposition to YouTube sensation Logan Paul. 

Whereas many of those bouts have not fairly delivered upon their pre-fight hype (we’re taking a look at you, Ben Askren), the paydays related to them have proved to be something however fugazi – with the Logan Paul vs. Mayweather combat mentioned to have garnered greater than 1 million pay-per-view buys globally.

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De La Hoya’s combat with Belfort is not anticipated to generate as enthusiastic an viewers as we noticed with in latest bouts involving the Paul brothers, but when there’s cash to made you may make certain that De La Hoya is greater than all in favour of seizing his slice of the pie.

And as with so many of those ‘what if?’ sort of fights, the actual problem is in compelling an viewers to pay to look at it – and with a promoter as wily as De La Hoya, that is one thing he is aware of full properly. 

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