Could Oscar De La Hoya End Up Facing Canelo Alvarez?
As Canelo Alvarez continues to look for his next fight for September, many are wondering what the next few months will be like for the middleweight king. Could a representative of Canelo end up facing him in the ring?
Oscar De La Hoya recently announced his intentions to return to the ring for the first time since 2008. “The Golden Boy”, age 47, has made it known he wants to face legitimate competition. Speaking on Chris Mannix’s podcast, De La Hoya (39-6) elaborated on facing some of the top fighters in the world. When asked if he would face Canelo (53-1-2), De La Hoya did not dismiss it.
“Crazy,” De La Hoya stated, via Boxing Scene, “but not that crazy.”
“Canelo’s an amazing fighter. He’s the best. He’s the pound-for-pound champ. He hits like a mule. I don’t know, Chris, you’re throwing me in the fire here. But that’s a challenge that – you know, I never back down from anybody. But we’ll have to wait and see.”
Making his professional debut in 1992, De La Hoya would end up winning the WBO Junior-Lightweight Title in his 12th pro fight and the WBO Lightweight Title two fights later. He also became WBC Welterweight Champion and would end up winning gold in six weight classes. De La Hoya ended his career with a 4-4 record, last facing Manny Pacquiao to a corner stoppage loss.
Towards the latter half of his career, De La Hoya won the WBO Middleweight Title and competed for and won light-middleweight gold. He ended up telling Mannix that he wouldn’t fight below 160 pounds.
Canelo has recently moved up to super-middleweight and just beat Sergey Kovalev back in November for the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title. The lineal middleweight champion is on a 12-fight unbeaten streak and hasn’t lost since a 2013 bout against Floyd Mayweather. Canelo has been offered to face fighters like John Ryder and Callum Smith, among others, and is currently waiting to fight Gennadiy Golovkin in a trilogy bout sometime next year.
De La Hoya mentioned that he would be sparring 12 rounds regularly soon, and is hoping to decide on his career during the first quarter of next year. For now, the Golden Boy leader will be focusing on bringing his promotion back on July 24.