By Jim Maltzman: Oscar De La Hoya continues to be fascinated with popping out of retirement to problem IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin for a combat.
The 47-year-old De La Hoya surprisingly mentioned that he wouldn’t be an straightforward stroll within the park, not like Golovkin’s final opponent Kamil Szeremeta, a fighter GGG destroyed in seven rounds on December 18th.
De La Hoya hasn’t given up on eager to tackle the most effective fighters within the sport when or if he comes out of retirement in 2021.
The ‘Golden Boy’ De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) hasn’t fought in 13 years since dropping to a major Manny Pacquiao in an ill-advised combat at 147 in 2008.
De La Hoya’s comeback was impressed by 54-year-old former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who returned to the ring final December for an eight-round exhibition match in opposition to 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr.
That combat appeared scripted in some boxing followers’ eyes, and it appeared like Tyson and Jones had been simply sparring at half-speed. It’s totally different from what De La Hoya needs to participate in for his comeback.
He’s on the lookout for an actual combat, and he may very well be barking up the flawed tree if he’s profitable in getting Golovkin or an identical elite-level boxer to comply with combat him.
“He could be a potential prospect on the market for me. Completely, why not,” mentioned De La Hoya to Fighthub about him dealing with Golovkin in his comeback.
“Look, they weren’t good,” mentioned De L hoya about Golovkin’s feedback about how he may get badly damage in the event that they fought.
“He’s a fighter, he’s received to guard his personal picture. I imply, he’s clearly nonetheless a harmful fighter as a result of he hits exhausting however I imply, come on, I’m not a stroll within the park just like the man he fought the other day. That’s for positive,” mentioned De La Hoya in score himself above Golovkin’s final opponent Szeremeta.
It will be enjoyable to see De La Hoya come again in opposition to the 31-year-old Szeremeta (21-1, 5 KOs) to point out boxing followers that he’s able to beating a fighter like him.
Not like Mike Tyson, De La Hoya hasn’t gotten into form but, and he’s proven any clips of him figuring out. It’s exhausting to take De La Hoya significantly as a result of he’s nonetheless wanting off form with a ‘Dad’ physique and a receding hairline.
Earlier on Saturday, a clip of 64-year-old Sugar Ray Leonard was figuring out and hitting a man sporting a bodysuit. Leonard appeared blazing quick nonetheless, throwing mixtures spectacular for somebody that age.
Though De La Hoya is sort of 20 years youthful than Sugar Ray, he doesn’t look anyplace close to the type of form he’s in.
The query lots of boxing followers have is, why is De La Hoya coming again? Is it a one-off in order that he can get a giant payday, or does he actually imagine he can beat one of many prime fighters within the sport?