Oscar De La Hoya set to announce opponent ahead of boxing comeback

De La Hoya has not fought since 2008 but will return in an exhibition later this year according to reports.

Oscar De La Hoya has teased about a boxing comeback for several months and it now appears he will face a former MMA world champion in an exhibition.

The former six-division world champion is expected to announce Vitor Belfort as his opponent for September 11, according to the Athletic.

The pair will collide on streaming service Triller with Las Vegas hosting the bout.

De La Hoya, 48, is lacing the gloves up for the first time since his one-sided defeat to Manny Pacquiao 13 years ago.

Belfort, 44, holds the joint-record for most knockouts in UFC history alongside Derrick Lewis - both have won inside the distance on 12 occasions in the octagon.

The "Golden Boy" had originally planned to face Georges St-Pierre, one of MMA's greatest, but Dana White blocked the move.

Other names mentioned were Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis. De La Hoya was hoping to fight on the first weekend of July to celebrate Independence weekend but later pushed back his plans.

There will be relief for Belfort, who was scheduled to be fighting on this weekend's undercard between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosis Jr., only for Lopez to test positive for Covid-19.

The lightweight showdown - which will have the WBA, IBF and WBO titles on the line - has now been pushed back to August 14.

MMA Fighting claims the De La Hoya-Belfort will include musical performances and a rap battle the day before the show. Perhaps De La Hoya's best pal Snoop Dogg will be featuring.

Belfort's only time in a boxing ring was 2006 and he won inside the opening minute, knocking Josemario Neves to the canvas three times on his way to victory in Brazil.

More details will be revealed in due course.

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