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Triller: De La Hoya vs. Belfort boxing match will be a pro bout, not an exhibition

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It looks like Oscar De La Hoya and Vitor Belfort will be engaging in a real fight.

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We’ve seen the likes of Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather return to the boxing ring recently and make a gaggle of cash to engage in some exhibition fights. Tyson took on Roy Jones, while Mayweather carried Logan Paul. We also have the Jake Paul train, where he’s fighting pro bouts against MMA guys like Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley.

To the surprise of approximately no one, 48-year-old Oscar De La Hoya wants some of that too. But apparently he doesn’t want to play around in no exhibition - he wants the real thing.

According to Ryan Kavanaugh of Triller, De La Hoya’s fight against former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in September will be a professional fight and will count towards their records. ESPN’s Mike Coppinger passed on the information via social media:

As noted there, it will be an eight, two-minute round fight. And incredibly enough, it seems that the California State Athletic Commission is okay with this.

De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) last stepped into the ring in 2008, when he was stopped by Manny Pacquiao. The former six-division champ has never fought above 160 pounds, while this bout will be contested at 180 pounds. Belfort (26-14, 1 NC MMA) has one professional boxing match to his name back in 2006, which was a quick knockout win. The 44-year-old hasn’t competed in MMA since a 2018 knockout at the hands (well, feet) of Lyoto Machida at UFC 224.

It will go down on September 11th in the Staples Center in Los Angeles under the Triller Fight Club banner.