Who Is Interested In Fighting Oscar De La Hoya?
A former world champion, Oscar De La Hoya had the world buzzing when he announced his intentions on returning to the ring. For the first time since 2008, “The Golden Boy” wants in on the action. Who will he end up fighting?
This announcement comes after Mike Tyson announced he will fight Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout. De La Hoya expressed a desire to compete against legitimate fighters. One fighter who is interested in facing him is someone that has been a part of the Golden Boy stable.
“For sure, definitely,” Khan stated regarding a fight, via Bad Left Hook. “I hear that Oscar wants to come back. He misses not being in the boxing ring and wants to get back in action again. He did say he wanted to fight one of the top guys so I decided, look, I’m here, I would love that fight against Oscar De La Hoya. He’s a legend in the sport of boxing. And yeah, man, what a huge fight that would be.
“I remember back in 2009 when I signed with Golden Boy Promotions but never thought maybe this opportunity would come one day. But maybe this is the time, this is the opportunity that I’ve always wanted and it was meant to be. Oscar says he wants a dance partner, I’m ready to dance man.”
Khan (34-5) made his professional debut in 2005. A former Commonwealth Lightweight and WBA Light-Welterweight Champion, Khan signed with Golden Boy before a fight with Paulie Malignaggi in 2010. He would retain the WBA Light-Welterweight Title via TKO. Khan would then beat Zab Judah via KO to win the IBF Light-Welterweight Title.
Under the Golden Boy banner, Khan would lose to Canelo Alvarez in 2016. He is 3-2 in his last five fights, his last bout a TKO-win against Billy Dib in July 2019. Khan has since been helping others during the coronavirus pandemic. He has also expressed a desire to return to the ring, with fans hopefully in attendance.
De La Hoya (39-6) made his professional debut in 1992. Winning the WBO Junior-Lightweight Title in his 12th pro fight, he won the WBO Lightweight Title two fights later. He then moved to welterweight, where he won the WBC Welterweight Title, defending it seven times. De La Hoya would end up winning more gold, competing in the light-middleweight and middleweight divisions. He has won world titles in six different weight classes.
As far as the weight class he would fight at, De La Hoya didn’t seem interested in competing at 145. Khan was willing to fight at whatever was necessary and safe.
“I mean, 154 might be pushing it a little bit but when it’s up against a legend like Oscar, then there might have to be some rehydration clause or something like that,” Khan went on to say. “I’m not gonna make that same mistake I made against Canelo because size definitely matters in fights. This is where my team will then sit down and negotiate with him. I mean, I am my team, you know what I’m saying? And I’ll make sure that we get the right deal.”
As of now, De La Hoya has not come to an agreement with anyone regarding a comeback fight.