Oscar De La Hoya has entertained the idea of a huge fight card on Super Bowl weekend featuring some of the sport’s biggest stars.
The Golden Boy Promoter’s comments come following his recent plea for promoters to work together. As we have reported previously, De La Hoya’s desire for more cooperation came after reports that Showtime could pull out of boxing next year. But in order to give the fans the best fights, De La Hoya was open to putting on a mega event.
A Ryan Garcia bout against Teofimo Lopez or the winner of Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis was mentioned. Meanwhile, an undercard consisting of Shakur Stevenson vs. William Zepeda was entertained. And to top it all off, Jaime Munguia would face either Sergiy Derevyanchenko or Edgar Berlanga. As for the opening fight, Floyd Schofield and Joseph Diaz would face off.
That is undoubtedly an ambitious card since it would require the help of several promoters. Lopez and Stevenson are tied to Top Rank. Meanwhile, Berlanga and Prograis are with Matchroom as Haney remains a free agent. But the prospect of getting those fights made was spurring De La Hoya on.
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“I was at the sphere opening, and I cannot tell you how f——- amazing it is. Imagine Super Bowl weekend, the Super Bowl of boxing. Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez or even Devin Haney, [or] the winner of [Regis] Prograis [vs Haney]. Then on the undercard, you have Shakur vs. William Zepeda. And then to top it all off, Jaime Munguia versus Derevyanchenko or maybe [Edgar] Berlanga. And to open it up you have Kid Austin versus Jo Jo Diaz. The Super Bowl of boxing. Let’s do this,” De La Hoya
Nevertheless, that would require all promoters to work together. However, De La Hoya’s grievances with Eddie Hearn and the latter’s war of words with Leonard Ellerbe have shown that boxing does have its challenges. But if the sport is to remain competitive and give the fans the biggest fights, then it does need to come together in light of the UFC’s growing influence which is what De La Hoya was hoping for.
“Promoters, Eddie Hearn, Al Haymon, Bob Arum, whoever is out there, let’s come together. I’m calling you out. Let’s come together. Let’s meet. The power of the minds and come up with something, because boxing can die. I’m calling you all out. Let’s do this,” De La Hoya