‘He Must Be Having Mid-Life Crisis’ – Billy Joe Saunders on Oscar De La Hoya’s Return

Published 12/04/2020, 8:55 AM EST
Manchester , United Kingdom – 22 December 2018; Billy Joe Saunders celebrates after defeating Charles Agamu in their middleweight bout at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Billy Joe Saunders will take on Martin Murray in a highly anticipated fight this Friday. The WBO super-middleweight champion will face Murray at The SSE Arena. He has looked in great shape.

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The Brit hasn’t fought since November 2019 when he recorded a TKO win over Marcelo Coceres on the KSI vs Logan Paul undercard.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Billy Joe Saunders (red/white/blue shorts) and Marceleo Coceres (not pictured) exchange punches during their WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship fight at Staples Center on November 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Saunders won after the fight was stopped in the 11th round. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Saunders, sitting with Behind the Gloves, previewed his upcoming fight against Murray. He was asked his thoughts on Oscar De La Hoya. Once boxing’s biggest star, De La Hoya is looking to come out of his retirement after the recent Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. fight.

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Saunder is not sure why Oscar needs to come out of retirement, but ultimately he may make his own choices. He told the media, “I think he must be having a mid-life crisis because you know just chill out. Now you know you’ve set back and one of my mates was in L. A. and he got somebody ushered into a room upstairs and he was sitting there smoking weed. You know what I mean, so he was to smoke weed and fight. What you want to do but listen, it is what it is.

Billy Joe Saunders feels De La Hoya has earned the right to comeback

Oscar De La Hoya had told ESPN, “The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks. It’s a real fight. I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”

However, Saunders is under no illusion. He continued, “He’s earned his job. He can step back and take crack, sniff cocaine, smoke weed if he wants. Whatever he wants to do, he can do you know. He’s earned the right to do it so it’s down to himself but like I say, if I was him I’d just stay retired.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Billy Joe Saunders defeats Willie Munroe Jr for the WBO World Middleweight Title fight at Copper Box Arena on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Leigh Dawney/Getty Images)

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn had lined up a massive clash for Saunders. The fight would be against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for earlier in the year. However, the fight was ultimately called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saunders will now have to make a statement against Murray if he wants to book himself another major fight.

Can Saunders make a massive statement on his return? What do you make of his comments on Oscar De La Hoya?

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Keith Dsouza

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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