Oscar De La Hoya is willing to take the reins to promote a Jake Paul fight.
But this time it would be a crossover bout against UFC’s star Nate Diaz.
De La Hoya, a former world boxing champion, offered a solution for Paul after his August 6 fight against Hasim Rahman Jr. fell through due to Rahman reportedly asking for a weight change in the bout.
“Sorry for your cancellation due to unprofessional fighters not making weight,” De La Hoya wrote on Twitter.
“Let’s talk @jakepaul Vs @NateDiaz209 when he’s free from the @ufc imagine the @GoldenBoyBoxing machine behind it? Will be huge!!!”
Diaz has expressed in an interest in fighting Paul over social media. He’s begged the UFC to release him or give him a fight as soon as possible so that he could be released from his current contract and move on.
Diaz finally got his wish and is scheduled to fight Khamzat Chimaev later this year. After this bout, he would be a free agent.
Diaz must be a free agent in order to pursue a crossover bout with Paul — unless it was something allowed in his promotional contract.
Paul has gone through a handful of fighters for his next match including Rahman and Tommy Fury, the half-brother of boxing’s WBC heavyweight champion.
But Fury was unable to make it for the fight — that had been rescheduled twice — after being denied entry to the U.S.
Rahman had stepped in, but Paul and his MVP Promotions immediately cancelled the card after Rahman had asked to change the weight limit.
As for De La Hoya, he’s been talkative in regards to helping host a potential Ryan Garcia vs Gervonta Davis matchup.
It’s unclear if that would actually happen.
A fight with Paul could still be in the cards depending on Diaz’s result against Chimaev.