“I Want You to Just Remember This”- Mike Tyson Shows Oscar De La Hoya Why Belts Mean Nothing

Published 07/12/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Shane Mosley, blue trunks, fights Oscar De La Hoya, black trunks, during a 12-round WBC/WBA Super Welterweight Championship bout (154lbs) held a the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday September 13, 2003. Shane Mosely wins by unanimous decision. (Photo by Chris Polk/Getty Images)


Elite pugilists- Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya were fortunate to taste success at a very early age and just at the beginning of their respective boxing careers.

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They both became world champions and could expand themselves as global superstars. While Tyson became the youngest man to grab the heavyweight title, Oscar De La Hoya won belts in multiple weight classes.

However, those titles don’t seem to have any importance to them anymore. Although they continue to relish the world championship status, Tyson and De La Hoya agree, the belts bring nothing to them.

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In a recent interaction on the HotBoxin podcast, ‘Iron’ Mike showed De La Hoya his old fights to state why the belts hold no importance.

Tyson played one of the walkouts from Oscar De La Hoya’s career and said, “Sometimes, it’s kind of success that. Listen, man, just think about it. Go back to him, coming to the ring. Coming into the ring.

“I want you to just remember this. You see walking through all those people. He is damaged. This is what you do for a living. You think you are a normal person?”

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However, history would immortalize De La Hoya and Tyson because they attained sheer success in the boxing world. That said, their title wins hold sheer importance.

But the love for boxing goes beyond that. Hit by dotage, the boxers continue to lace up the gloves and appear in action through exhibition bouts.

Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson- The Last Men Standing

In November 2020, 54-year-old Mike Tyson returned to take on Roy Jones Jr, in an exhibition bout that inspired several more veterans and MMA fighters to enter the boxing ring.

That said, 48-year-old De La Hoya would repeat the same this year. He will stage his return in a Triller PPV ad take on the former UFC fighter Vitor Belfort.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Roy Jones Jr. (L) and Mike Tyson celebrate their split draw during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

However, ‘The Golden Boy’ has claimed to remain active even after that. While targets a 12-rounds battle against Floyd Mayweather or Canelo Alvarez ahead, Mike Tyson might have infused a lot of energy in Oscar De La Hoya by staging his sensation return last year.

Do you think Oscar De La Hoya should remain active in boxing?

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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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