‘I Got a Little Carried Away’ – Oscar De La Hoya Apologises for Controversial Commentary at the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Event

Published 04/22/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Jake Paul’s knockout victory over Ben Askren last weekend sent the boxing world into a frenzy. People all over the world spoke about the unique event, with many criticizing it. However, the most talked-about aspect of the event was Oscar De La Hoya and his entertaining commentary.

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The former boxing champion commentated on the Frank Mir vs. Steve Cunningham bout. The ‘Golden Boy’ made some surprising calls and even showed his bias towards Cunningham. This drew massive backlash from fans as well as Frank Mir. However, he has now apologized for his commentary.

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The boxer turned promoter spoke to the DAZN boxing show, and Michael Benson from TalkSPORT was quick to pick it up. De La Hoya said, “I got a little into it, started having a couple drinks. Then they told me, ‘Why don’t you go and commentate?’ I got a little carried away and I apologise. But it’s all good. I’m back in beast mode. It’s on, baby.”

These comments from De La Hoya showed that he acknowledged his mistake. Moreover, it revealed that he was never meant to be commentating on the fight. Thus, he was not prepared and let his emotions get the better of him.

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Why was Oscar De La Hoya at the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren event?

These comments from De La Hoya revealed his regret at the way he carried himself on the mic. However, if ‘Golden Boy’ was not part of the commentary team, why was the former boxing champion at the event?

The former six-weight world champion has agreed to return to the boxing ring on Triller. He will make his comeback on July 3 as part of the Triller Fight Club. Therefore, De La Hoya was at the event to promote his bout.

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Needless to say, things took a surprising turn and De La Hoya found himself in unfamiliar territory. Despite this, the former champion exhibited his professionalism and explained what happened.

What do you make of these comments from Oscar De La Hoya? Do you think his commentary deserved the criticism it got?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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