Who Would Oscar De La Hoya Like To Face In His Potential Boxing Return?
At 47, does Oscar De La Hoya have anything left in the tank? “The Golden Boy” believes he can take on anyone if he returned to the ring right away.
Recently, De La Hoya (39-6) announced his intentions to return to action. Last fighting in 2008, De La Hoya was motivated following Mike Tyson announcing his return to the ring at age 54. If all goes according to plan for “Iron” Mike, the Golden Boy founder would test the waters.
“I want to see what Tyson does first,” De La Hoya ended up stating. “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.”
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.
As far as how he is feeling now, De La Hoya told The Daily Bulletin that he’s been sparring up to eight rounds a day. He continues to run and is looking to reach eight miles a day with ease. While Bernard Hopkins has recommended he face fighters his age, De La Hoya is still confident in his ability, which included 30 wins via knockout at one point.
“Don’t be surprised if I challenge the top guys out there,” De La Hoya said. “It wouldn’t surprise me.”
While he is preparing for a potential comeback, De La Hoya will also be focusing on Golden Boy’s return to action. The promotion is set to return on August 24 in California, with Vergil Ortiz Jr. facing Samuel Vargas. After that, he is hoping to book Canelo Alvarez a fight for September. As of now, no opponent has been named yet.
“I have all the confidence in the world that we can deliver that fight in September,” De La Hoya went on to say. “It’s a huge month for boxing. It’s a huge month for Canelo and for the sport in general. We’re working diligently every single day getting this finalized. I’m very positive we can announce something very soon.”