Does Covid hit differently, does it kill differently, when you contract it from a boxing star.
The above is video from August 29, 2021 in Los Angeles. Oscar De La Hoya was spotted at the Hollywood Bowl a week before being hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus. He has stated that he has been fully vaccinated and that he’s been taking care of himself, however, as the video shows, he was not wearing a face mask or keeping a safe distance, not to mention he was shaking hands with a lot of his fans. Unfortunately, because of this, he will not be able to fight against UFC champion Vitor Belfort on September 11.
De La Hoya posted an instagram video, directly updating fans on events. From his hospital bed he said.
“Wanted you to hear directly from me that despite being fully vaccinated, I have contracted Covid and am not going to be able to fight next weekend. Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support. I am currently in the hospital getting treatment and am confident I will be back in the ring before the year is up. God bless everyone and stay safe.”
De La Hoya is 48 and, as he was on the brink of fighting, one can imagine that he’s healthy. Yet, Covid has him in the hospital receiving treatment. Anyone he touched or spread the virus to while he was unmasked could also contract the disease and may not fare as well as he is doing. Furthermore, they might not have access to the same healthcare.
For De La Hoya, not only is health on the line, but so is the prize money from the fight that he can’t participate in. Evander Holyfield stepped in on short notice to replace Hoya in taking on Belfort. Holyfield hasn’t fought since 2011 and he’s 14 years older than Belfort, so this could end very quickly.
The California State Athletic Commission would not clear Holyfield for the fight. Therefore, the main event of Holyfield and Belfort, along with the entire card is moving from Los Angeles to the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Hollywood.
With so much on the line, you’d think De La Hoya would have taken more precautions, like avoiding pressing flesh with strangers in crowds, while without a mask. If he wouldn’t play it safe for himself or the fans who clamored around him, maybe he should have thought of his wallet.