Vitor Belfort To Face Oscar De La Hoya In Pro Boxing Bout on September 11th

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and MMA veteran Vitor Belfort is set to face former boxing prizefighter Oscar De La Hoya in a pro boxing bout on September 11th, per a report from Mike Coppinger of ESPN.

The fight is being aimed to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The matchup is set to be eight two-minute rounds at a weight limit of 180-pounds.

The fight is being promoted by Triller, a media company that has recently focused on holding boxing events.

Triller notably put together an exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. last year, as well as a pro bout between internet celebrity Jake Paul and former UFC fighter Ben Askren recently.

The fight was originally reported to be held as a exhibition, although recent filings with the athletic commission in California show the plan is to hold it under pro rules.

Belfort has fought in MMA since the mid-1990s and has a pro record of over 40 fights. He last competed in 2018, where he was stopped by Lyoto Machida due to strikes.

He has one pro boxing bout, which was a stoppage victory over Josemario Neves in 2006.

De La Hoya, 48, last competed in boxing over a decade ago when he lost a bout to Manny Pacquiao. He is best known for his welterweight run in the 1990s that saw him attain an undefeated record of 31 wins at one point.

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