- Vitor Belfort has opened as the betting favorite to beat Oscar De La Hoya in an exhibition boxing match.
- Belfort and De La Hoya have agreed to fight in a Triller event on September 11th.
- The 48-year old De La Hoya has not boxed since losing to Manny Pacquiao in December 2008.
Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has opened as the betting favorite in his September exhibition boxing match against former six-division boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya.
Here are the opening odds for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort:
Oscar De La Hoya EVEN (1/1)
Vitor Belfort -140 (5/7)
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) June 17, 2021
According to online sportsbook BetOnline, the Brazilian MMA legend is a -140 odds on favorite to beat the Golden Boy of boxing.
Belfort and De La Hoya agreed to fight each other on Tuesday in a special attraction boxing exhibition that will take place ahead of the Mexican Independence day weekend.
The event is being targeted to take place in Las Vegas and is being planned to be a an all-weekend event with concerts and the fight card on Saturday, September 11th which will be headlined by De La Hoya’s first boxing bout in 13 years.
No official announcement has been made by Triller, who will promote the event, but sources confirmed to MMAFighting that De La Hoya and Belfort have agreed to the conditions of the bout last Tuesday.
The Golden Boy
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) February 4, 2021
De La Hoya is the original Golden Boy and one of the biggest stars in the history of professional boxing. Born in Los Angeles, De La Hoya won boxing gold in the 1992 Olympics and captured the imagination of the world. He would go on to win a total of 11 world titles in six different weight classes before retiring in 2009.
Since losing a one-sided TKO to Manny Pacquiao in December 2008, De La Hoya has shifted his focus on being a boxing executive with his Golden Boy Promotions. Last March, De La Hoya announced that he would be launching a boxing come back in July. He said that he was inspired by 54-year old Mike Tyson who fought Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition boxing match last November.
Happy Birthday to the Phenom, Vitor Belfort!
The Brazilian stacked up a serious highlight reel, few better than how he welcomed Luke Rockhold to the UFC 🔥pic.twitter.com/kDMxv2FmJp
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 1, 2021
Known as the Phenom, Belfort was one of the most explosive fighters in the history of the UFC. He fought in three different weight classes and was the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament winner. He would later become UFC light heavyweight champion and is tied for third with most finishes in the UFC with 14.
Belfort fought way too past his prime and he won only two out of his last seven bouts, including a front kick KO loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 in 2018 which led to his retirement. The Phenom went on to sign with ONE Championship in 2019 but ended up parting ways with the Asian promotion without fighting a single bout.