On Oscar De La Hoya’s recklessly bad idea

Oscar De La Hoya is among the fantastic fighters who ever lived. Boxing would remain in a better location if both the fighters and the promoters had the mindset that he has: He’s constantly had to do with combating the very best.

He looked for the very best competitors he might when he was a fighter, and for all his other defects as a promoter, the something he has actually regularly done is to match his fighters difficult.

He’s delusional, however, if he believes that at 48 years of ages and after 13 years far from the video game that he can go back in as an active fighter and challenge the similarity Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and/or Gennadiy Golovkin.

At a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles to reveal his Sept. 11 battle with ex-UFC star Vitor Belfort, De La Hoya informed ESPN’s Marc Raimondi that he would depend on combating Alvarez, the agreement No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter worldwide.

“It’s just power,” De La Hoya stated, dismissively. “I have a good chin.”

He stated it with a straight face, as he has many times over the in 2015 approximately because he showed up with the concept of a return.

He’s not major, though. He can’t be. And he’s giving you the clue you need to realize that, if you just look hard enough.

If De La Hoya were major about boxing and fighting the game’s elite fighters as he’s repeatedly said, he wouldn’t be fighting a 44-year-old MMA fighter in his comeback fight.

Belfort is 1-3 with a no-contest in his last five fights, and he’d be 1-4 if a first-round TKO loss to Kelvin Gastelum wasn’t overturned because Gastelum had smoked marijuana prior to the fight.

He’s also had exactly one boxing match in his career, more than 15 years ago. Fighting a guy who isn’t a boxer, who hasn’t had a fight of any kind in more than three years and who was on the downside of his career when he last fought isn’t a way to prepare oneself for the Alvarezes or Golovkins of the world.

No commission in the country would sanction De La Hoya-Alvarez no matter how many MMA fighters and/or YouTube stars he beats up.

LAS-VEGAS, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 1, 2019: US former boxer, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya attends weigh-ins at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, for Canelo vs Kovalev fights. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

Oscar De La Hoya, 48, should stick to promoting fights instead of participating in them. (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

In December, De La Hoya spoke to BoxingScene about fighting Golovkin and expressed no concerns.

“You know how easy GGG would be for me? Oh, my gosh,” De La Hoya told Boxing Scene. “It would be a high-profile fight, that’s for sure. I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him. In my mind it would be that easy. I would definitely consider it, that’s for sure.”

Golovkin responded by saying, “You know Oscar, you know how dirty his mouth is. Everything involving Gennadiy Golovkin for him is a nightmare. He can say whatever. But let me put it this way: If I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it.”

With that comment, De La Hoya’s public flirtation with fighting Golovkin ended.


Now Alvarez, whom he once promoted until an acrimonious split, is his target.

But it’s salesmanship. If he makes people think he’s major about getting back into it, he can increase sales on the pay-per-view portion of the battle. How better for him to convince people he’s serious than by calling out the best in the world, particularly when there is no love lost between them?

It’s all fun and games, except that boxing is no sport to play. And other retired fighters will see the money and the attention that De La Hoya gets from this fight and want some of that for themselves. And then they come back and it doesn’t end well. They get hurt, or worse.

Fifty-year-olds do not belong in professional battles with extremely rare exceptions (I see you, Bernard Hopkins). It’s a disaster waiting to happen.

De La Hoya has battled many demons in his life and has struggled with drugs and alcohol. He sees boxing as something of a therapy, but he can accomplish that by training and keeping himself fit. Thousands of adults use boxing training that way.

But it’s reckless beyond belief to come back to battle real fighters at 48 years old and 14 or more years since he was last truly competitive.

This is a bad idea that can only get worse if promoters look at him as an ATM rather of a human with all the faults, foibles and problems that we all battle each day.

Hopefully, this fight with Belfort is one and done and isn’t anything more than a playful way to make a couple of bucks.

I don’t even want to believe of what may occur if it’s not.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.