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Former UFC light heavyweight titleholder and heavyweight tournament winner, Vitor Belfort and former 11-time boxing world champion, Oscar De La Hoya have reportedly agreed to meet in an eight round boxing exhibition match under the Triller Fight Club banner on September 11th. A venue in Las Vegas, Nevada is currently targeted to host the event.
Per an initial report from The Athletic reporter, Mike Coppinger, both De La Hoya and Belfort have agreed to meet on September 18th. in an exhibition boxing match under the Triller Fight Club banner, with ‘Sin City’ expected to host the event.
Per a later report by Ariel Helwani, the bout is sanctioned for eight, two-minute rounds, with 10-ounce gloves currently selected for both De La Hoya and Belfort. As far as weight is concerned, De La Hoya tips at 175lbs, while Belfort comes in at 190lbs.
A former 11-time world champion across six separate weight classes, Olympic gold medalist, De La Hoya has managed to score notable career successes over the likes of the late Pernell Whittaker and Hector Camacho, as well as Jeff Mayweather, Julio Cesar Chavez (x2), Arturo Gatti, Javier Castillejo, and Fernando Vargas to name a few.
For Belfort, the Rio de Janeiro native is a former UFC light heavyweight champion and also claimed the heavyweight tournament back in February of 1997 at UFC 12.
The 44-year-old has managed to take home notable career wins over the likes of fellow Brazilian great, Wanderlei Silva, Marvin Eastman, Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Rich Franklin, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Dan Henderson (x2). Across his 41-fight career, Belfort has managed to lodge a stunning 18 knockout successes, and is currently tied for the third most knockout wins in the history of the UFC.
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