Devin Haney Calls Out 48-Year-Old Oscar De La Hoya for a Fight

Published 09/27/2021, 6:45 AM EDT


WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney might have had enough of being out of the mainstream picture. After being ducked by almost every top-tier lightweight star, ‘The Dream’ seems adamant about bagging a blockbuster matchup and has recently called out Oscar De La Hoya for an in-ring scrap.

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48-year-old De La Hoya was eyeing a return against Vitor Belfort, before falling down with Covid-19 that ultimately delayed his plans. As the former six-division champion now seems steady to come back, he is grabbing call-outs from the modern-day world champions.

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Devin Haney, fresh from a win against Jorge Linares, has been aiming at fighters from De La Hoya’s Golden Boy stable for a long time, with the likes of Ryan Garcia. However, no one has shown any interest to face him. Despite being a world champion, Haney has been out of a viable opponent for a long span. Thus, he took to social media and vowed to encounter Oscar De La Hoya.

Devin Haney wrote, “Since your two fighters are having a duck off & you have so much to say about me… how about me & you make a fight”  

Meanwhile, De La Hoya had claimed to remain active after his potential return. While several fighters of his time are returning for exhibition clashes, ‘Golden Boy’ has expressed interest in facing Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez in several interactions. Hence, a callout from Devin Haney can intrigue him.

However, ‘Golden Boy’ hasn’t reacted to it yet. So, he may not consider going for the WBC lightweight title on his return from a 13-year-long layoff.

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What’s next for the lightweight champion, Devin Haney?

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Amid the drama, Haney vs De La Hoya doesn’t look to be a favorable matchup. Haney’s world title status will continue to demand activity from him, but may not ensure him a tough opponent or a successful PPV thriller. Thus, Haney’s hunt is still not over. He has teased potential fights with Ryan Garcia and Vasyl Lomachenko, which are way far from an official confirmation.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney trains during the Devin Haney Media Workout at Rathbone Boxing Club on September 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Furthermore, several lightweight champions can consider shifting weight class. On that note, it will change the entire course of the 135 lbs division. As a result, it’s still hard to picture what ‘The Dream’ has in his store for the upcoming days.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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