Depending on how the return of a boxing great turns out, fans could end up seeing another former champion make his return to the ring.
Oscar De La Hoya, the former three-time lineal champion, spoke to The Ring about his future. Retiring in 2008, De La Hoya (39-6) has been inspired by Mike Tyson announcing his return to the ring. The 53-year-old Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) plans to come back to fight for charity. De La Hoya is monitoring the situation closely and is ready to strike if given the opportunity to.
“I want to see what Tyson does first,” De La Hoya stated. “I have been working out, I have been training, I have been staying in shape. Obviously, I’m not in fighting shape, yet, to go 12 rounds, but I’m sure I can get there. We’ll see.”
Recently, Tyson has been seen hitting bags, shadow boxing, and sparring with his trainers. After weighing over 300 pounds, the former heavyweight champion worked out and underwent stem cell treatment to move down to about 230. It is unknown who he would face, but several entities within the boxing world have given him offers.
De La Hoya, 47, 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. “Golden Boy” then moved to welterweight, where he won the WBC Welterweight Title, defending it seven times. He would end up winning more gold, competing in the light-middleweight and middleweight divisions. Winning world titles in six weight classes, De La Hoya has had bouts with some of boxings best, including Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Shane Mosely.
The Pacquiao bout, which ended in corner retirement, was the last of his career. De La Hoya would then focus on Golden Boy Promotions, which has housed several talented boxers, including Ryan Garcia and Canelo Alvarez.
The man with 30 wins via knockout is not the first fighter to follow Tyson’s lead. Evander Holyfield has announced his intentions to fight in exhibition bouts as well, along with Roy Jones Jr. Durability is key, and that is what De La Hoya will monitor whenever Tyson steps into the ring.
“I want to see Tyson perform,” De La Hoya stated. “(I want to) see how his reflexes are, see if he can go past three, four rounds. Then I’ll make my decision.”
It is unknown who De La Hoya would face in his potential return fight.