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11:38 AM PT — Our Oscar sources tell us the boxing legend has been hit hard by Covid … and is receiving treatment in the hospital.
Oscar De La Hoya has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of his comeback fight with Vitor Belfort, TMZ Sports has learned.
58-year-old Evander Holyfield has agreed to step in and box Belfort on September 11, our sources tell us.
The one remaining hurdle is getting Holyfield-Belfort approved by the California State Athletic Commission.
If the commission does not sanction the match, we’re told the event will still go down … but it’ll be moved to Florida.
The fight was supposed to be ODLH’s return to the ring after more than a decade … after losing his last fight to Manny Pacquiao in 2008.
Holyfield last fought in 2011 … but has recently talked about his desire to make a comeback to the ring.
As for 44-year-old Belfort — an MMA legend — he’s been more active … last fighting in the UFC in 2018.
Bottom line … Oscar’s out, and Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort are fighting — either in Cali or Florida.
Story developing …