Vitor Belfort’s coach ‘sceptical’ of Oscar De La Hoya’s Covid-19 diagnosis after Golden Boy pulls out of Triller fight
VITOR BELFORT’S coach has claimed he’s ‘sceptical’ of Oscar De La Hoya’s diagnosis with coronavirus.
The fighters have been attributable to meet in Las Vegas this weekend in an enormous comeback bout for former six-weight world champ De La Hoya.
But the 48-year-old examined constructive for coronavirus and pulled out of the fight after posting a video from his hospital mattress.
Derik Santos, the coach for ex-MMA star Belfort, has since aired his views on the matter.
He acknowledged to Vegas Insider: “I’m not attempting to disrespect Oscar, I noticed the video of Oscar.
“But if I’m being honest, I’m still sceptical. Something about it didn’t seem right.
“The degree of how unhealthy it regarded. I do know you’ll be able to nonetheless get Covid if you happen to’re double vaccinated, nevertheless it did not appear proper.
“Maybe he realised we have been taking the fight critically, I do not know.
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“As far as I know, their side didn’t try to jump out and reschedule like others have, so yeah, I’m a little sceptical.
“I believe he thought, ‘What have I obtained myself into’ – he even posted this. We have been stepping into there to offer him an excellent boxing match. We have been prepared.
“If the man does have Covid then I wish him a good recovery, I’m just mildly sceptical.”
Belfort, 44, will as an alternative face Evander Holyfield within the Triller fight, with the competition moved to Florida after the California State Athletic Commission refused to sanction the brand new opponent.
At 58, former heavyweight king Holyfield final fought a decade in the past however has been planning a comeback for a while.
Santos famous that Belfort’s new opponent will trigger totally different issues for the Brazilian star.
He added: “As far as Holyfield goes, his was a reputation that was thrown round earlier than – he was an possibility for Vitor earlier than.
“And he is an enormous man, he’s a really huge man. Over the final couple of years I truly befriended him. He’s a very good man.
“I’ve always had great respect and admiration for him. We go from one Hall of Famer to literally and figuratively a bigger Hall of Famer.
“So it is a problem for positive and Holyfield has performed an awesome job maintaining himself in form. I’ve marvelled on the form he’s in.
“I don’t really know what to expect. I know he has been training, I know he has been working out and looking for a fight. It’s going to be interesting, it’s a different type of fight to Oscar. He’s much bigger than Vitor.”