Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort No Longer Exhibition As Fight Heads To Staples Center

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Oscar De La Hoya‘s return to boxing will no longer be an exhibition.

De La Hoya is set to face former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in a contest initially expected to be an exhibition.

That is no longer the case as Triller Fight Club founder Ryan Kavanaugh told ESPN on Wednesday that it will now be a professional sanctioned fight.

That means the result of the fight will be on both fighter’s records unlike Floyd Mayweather or Mike Tyson‘s recent outings.

“I decided if I was coming back, it was for real, none of this exhibition stuff,” De La Hoya said.

The fight will happen at Triller’s September 11 event which will now take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

It will be contested at 180 pounds with eight two-minute rounds.

De La Hoya — who amassed a 39-6 professional boxing record — last competed in 2008 after suffering defeat to Manny Pacquiao.

Belfort, meanwhile, will be boxing for the first time since he made a successful debut in the sport back in 2006. The Brazilian hasn’t competed in any combat sport since suffering a knockout against Lyoto Machida back in May 2018.

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