‘Not a Chance, Buddy’ – Oscar De La Hoya Responds to Eddie Hearn’s Vision to Monopolize Boxing Like UFC

Published 04/06/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 09: Boxer Oscar De La Hoya arrives at the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ at the El Capitan Theatre on February 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)


Oscar De La Hoya was one of the most recognizable boxers of his generation. His success and fame gave him the famous nickname- ‘Golden Boy.’ After an illustrious career, the former world champion has become a successful boxing promoter. And he has now lashed out at fellow promoter, Eddie Hearn.

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Hearn has previously stated his love for the UFC model and has repeatedly called for boxing to follow a similar route. He even claimed he is working towards a blueprint that the sport can follow to make it better for fans. However, it appears this did not go down well with De La Hoya.

UNIONDALE, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn looks on before the Daniel Jacobs vs Luis Arias Middleweight bout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 11, 2017 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The promoter took to his social media to reveal his thoughts, and Michael Benson was quick to catch onto his reaction. The former six-weight world champion wrote, “What do you think of this guy @eddiehearn haha he wants to monopolize the sport I love and have been doing since I was five years old not a chance buddy.”

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This comment showed De La Hoya’s disapproval of Hearn’s claims that Matchroom Boxing will become a global force.

READ: Eddie Hearn’s Wife: Who Is the Matchroom Sport Kingpin Married To?

Could this be a start of a rivalry between Eddie Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya?

It is no secret that certain promoters can not get along with each other. Given that boxing is a sport where negotiations play a major role, relationships between promoters can break down during fight negotiations as well. So could this be the start of something between the two famed promoters?

After months of fighting a legal lawsuit against Canelo Alvarez, De La Hoya lost his prized fighter. However, Hearn swooped in and signed the Mexican champion to a short-term deal and delivered the bouts he wanted.

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This was an enormous blow to the ‘Golden Boy.’ Despite this, there seemed to be no hard feelings between the two promoters. However, these comments now showed maybe De La Hoya is slowly developing a disliking of Hearn.

What do you make of these comments from Oscar De La Hoya? Do you think he’s right, or do you think it’s merely spite?

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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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