LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar De La Hoya said he is returning to the boxing ring for a bout against former UFC champion Vitor Belfort.
The 48-year-old De La Hoya announced on Thursday that he will end his nearly 13-year ring retirement on September 11 in Las Vegas for what is expected to be an exhibition fight. The Golden Boy’s return is backed by Triller, the social networking service that has aggressively jumped into the fight game over the past year.
De La Hoya hasn’t fought an actual fight since losing to Manny Pacquiao in December 2008. The Olympic gold medallist was one of the biggest pay-per-view stars in the sport during his heyday while winning world championships in six weight classes.
De La Hoya praised Triller in a statement for its “game-changing model of reimagining the boxing business as four-quadrant entertainment”.
Triller has gained a quick foothold in boxing by promoting highly non-traditional bouts such as Mike Tyson’s entertaining exhibition against Roy Jones Jr.