Oscar De La Hoya Eager to Set an Example by Fighting the Best Boxers at 47

Published 01/08/2021, 5:46 AM EST
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)


‘Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya has stirred the boxing world by announcing his comeback to the squared circle. The Californian is going through rugged workout sessions to keep himself fit and super active. Predominantly, he will look to compete in 2021 itself.

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In an interview with Fight Hub TV, De La Hoya put some spotlight on the much-asked question, why he wants to come back at this age?

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He said, “To show this younger generation of fighters like you have to fight the very best if you want to be the best. And even at this age, if I come back at 47, I still want to fight the best. So it hopefully can be some kind of like it can spark something with these young guys instead of listening to the whispers in the ears instead of thinking about the business first.”

De La Hoya concluded with, “Think about the fight, think about the glory, think about your legacy and the only create a legacy is by fighting the very best there’s a lot of great fights to be made,” 

‘Golden Boy’ hung his gloves from the sport in 2009. His last fight was against Manny Pacquiao, wherein he succumbed to a brutal loss.

Since then, he turned a full-time promoter under his own firm namely, Golden Boy Promotions. Now, after a decade away, the attention on De La Hoya’s return will be intense.

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How will Oscar De La Hoya fare in his return fight?

It’s more than a 10 years since ‘Golden Boy’ left professional boxing. He certainly enjoyed the most decorated careers in boxing and confronted some top-notch contenders of the sport back then. His decision to come back and test his skill sets has only arrived because of his love for the sport.

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)

However, boxing is pretty different from his prime time in the sport. His age is one vital factor now. Furthermore, he will be up against hungry contenders who will look to make a name at his expense.

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But ‘Golden Boy’ has shown a lot of promise, and his training videos are proof of that. He will look forward to defying the odds by putting on a show against the best fighters at present.

Which opponent would you like to see the ‘Golden Boy’ take on?

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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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