“I Didn’t Realize How Big He Was”- Oscar De La Hoya Opens Up on Facing Vitor Belfort

Published 06/24/2021, 3:20 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Oscar De La Hoya appears optimistic about his much-awaited in-ring return, as he will take on the UFC veteran Vitor Belfort in a boxing scrap in September. However, the ex-champion doesn’t want to overlook Belfort’s abilities. ‘The Phenom’ would dwarf ‘The Golden Boy’ under the physical attributes, which might be costly for De La Hoya in the fight.

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Although the Mexican-American doesn’t doubt his chances, the veteran boxer admitted that he didn’t realize how big Vitor Belfort was. The 48-year-old shed his opinion on the fight in a chat with Lance Pugmire.

Oscar De La Hoya said, “He is a big guy. I didn’t realize how big he was. He is a big guy, Jesus, but it’s all right I have a good chin. You know as long as I have my stamina, which obviously I will. I mean, I won’t go inside the ring not having stamina. But I am feeling good, I am feeling great.”

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In the last year, several retired veterans have returned to action and faced MMA fighters or celebrity contenders in the ring. While Oscar De La Hoya is the latest addition to the list, he has expressed interest to continue fighting. However, the ex-world titlist would have to surpass Vitor Belfort first. This may not be too easy.

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Oscar De La Hoya vs Vitor Belfort- How intense the fight can be?

Both men have passed their prime and don’t need to fight for a career-defining moment any longer. However, the gigantic Vitor Belfort has stepped up to accept a massive challenge against a former champion boxer. There’s no denying De La Hoya will relish the advantage as the fight will take place in a boxing ring. However, Vitor Belfort’s size would prove to be the great equalizer, resulting in an intense bout.

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According to reports, the matchup would happen in a Triller PPV. While Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. inaugurated Triller Fight Club’s event in November 2020, the platform has already made waves in the boxing universe. That said, De a Hoya vs Belfort would help them attain new heights in their journey.

Do you think ‘The Golden Boy’ can beat Vitor Belfort?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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