Oscar De La Hoya to face Vitor Belfort on Sept. 18 in exhibition match

Oscar De La Hoya will be coming out of retirement to face ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort in a boxing match on Sept. 18, and likely to occur in Las Vegas. The fight will be billed as an exhibition match with both fighters wearing 12-ounce gloves. The 48-year-old De La Hoya has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquaio in December 2008.

In March, De La Hoya announced plans to return to the boxing ring on July 3. However, he will fight in September, which would mark more than a year from when De La Hoya first planned to come out of his retirement from boxing. De La Hoya won gold at the 1992 Olympics before winning the WBO junior lightweight title in 1994. He would win his first 32 professional bouts before finally being defeated by Felix Trinidad by majority decision.

Belfort, 44, is tied for the third-most finishes in UFC; his last fight was the UFC 224 in May 2018 when he lost to Lyoto Machida. Belfort’s only win of his boxing career came in April 2006 against Josemario Neves.

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