Oscar De La Hoya Believes He Can Withstand Canelo Alvarez’s Power: “I Have a Good Chin”

Published 07/29/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Oscar De La Hoya weighs in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for their upcoming fight on May 5, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet for Mayorga’s WBC Junior Middleweight Championship tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/WireImage)


On September 11, the former boxing champ, Oscar De La Hoya will make his pro-boxing return to allure the fans and fighters surrounding the globe. He will enter a massive showdown with the ex-UFC legend, Vitor Belfort and will look to strengthening his resume. He also has a strong urge to fight the current bigwigs of the game, and one such name on his hit list is the P4P king, Canelo Alvarez.

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Over the past few months, De La Hoya has shown his anticipation to fight Alvarez in a proficient boxing bout. The duo shares a momentous rivalry and since their fallout as a fighter-promoter duo, their rift has gone from bad to worse.

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Recently, De La Hoya interacted with Marc Raimondi. Here he assessed his chances against the Mexican boxing star.

“Why not? It’s only power, that’s all it is. Power, I can withstand. Speed, like Pacquiao, is a whole different story. Power, power, I have a good chin,” he said.

‘Golden Boy’ irrespective of his age, has put himself through some stringent boxing regimes over the past few months. Earlier, his fight with Belfort was supposed to be an exhibition. But since De La Hoya was eager to return to the professional circuit, he made sure this contest goes down as a pro-bout.

Now that he is all set to face the ex-UFC elite, De La Hoya will look forward to employing a tactical game plan. If he tackles Belfort by any means, needless to say, he will look ahead to elevating his boxing stint by battling the best and possibly Canelo Alvarez.

Canelo Alvarez vs Oscar De La Hoya – Will it ever happen?

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De La Hoya had an exemplary career in the sport but he’s undoubtedly past his prime. On the other hand, Alvarez still seems fresh, and he’s currently on a pursuit to become the undisputed super-middleweight king.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

That said, the possibility of a fight between these two seems extremely slim, since the P4P king is busy battling the tough contenders.

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However, it’ll be interesting to see if De La Hoya pushes all the boundaries to fight his arch-nemesis, Canelo. What do you make of ‘Golden Boy’s above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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