Vitor Belfort's trainer makes claim over Oscar De La Hoya coronavirus hospitalisation
Vitor Belfort's trainer Derik Santos has revealed that he is sceptical over the legitimacy of the video that Oscar De La Hoya posted after being hospitalised with coronavirus.
The Mexican posted a video on social media announcing his withdrawal from the planned boxing clash with Belfort, after he tested positive for coronavirus and was hospitalised despite being double vaccinated.
But now Belfort will instead face American legend Evander Holyfield who will make his ring return for the first time since 2011, in a professional bout over eight two-minute rounds in Florida.
But Santos is "sceptical" over the video posted by De La Hoya, and believes that the Mexican could have posted the video after he knew Belfort was "serious" over the fight.
"I’m not trying to disrespect Oscar, I saw the video of Oscar, but if I’m being honest, I’m still skeptical,” Santos told Vegas Insider. “Something about it didn’t seem right. The level of how bad it looked. I know you can still get COVID if you’re double vaccinated, but it didn’t seem right.
"Maybe he realised we were taking the fight seriously. I don’t know, as far as I know, their side didn’t try to jump out and reschedule as others have. So yeah, I’m a little skeptical.
“I think he thought: ‘what I have got myself into’ – he even posted this. We were going in there to give him a very good boxing match, we were ready. If the man does have COVID, then I wish him a good recovery. I’m just mildly skeptical.”
Belfort will appear on the latest episode of Triller's venture into boxing, which also features fellow MMA legend Anderson Silva's clash with Tito Ortiz and the return of British star David Haye against friend Joe Fournier.
But the former MMA star's opponent Holyfield has received support from rival Michael Bisping who is predicting the American to "beat the s***" out of Belfort.
“I hope Evander beats the f*** out of him. That’s all I’m going to say, I’m not going to go into a technical breakdown of it," Bisping said on the Believe You Me' podcast. "God knows what Vitor’s been doing.
"We knew he had good boxing, we knew he had fast hands, we knew he could pack a punch.
“Evander Holyfield is a big dude… I f****** hope (he beats Vitor). I would take great pleasure in that. I don’t care what you say, he was on juice and he beat me fair and square.
"When people beat me in the past, I don’t harbour a grudge, I wish them all the best… He’s just a piece of s***. I don’t give a f***… I hope Evander batters him.”
Holyfield has been linked with a fight with former heavyweight rival Mike Tyson, which is a fight that he believes could make in excess of $200 million dollars if it were to happen.
But his former foe has been accused of "running away" from the fight, after he walked away from Triller shortly after his exhibition clash with Roy Jones Jr.