Oscar De La Hoya Not Impressed With Canelo Alvarez’s Win- “I Think He’s Very Complacent Right Now”

Published 01/02/2021, 10:30 AM EST
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)


Oscar De La Hoya has voiced his opinion on Canelo Alvarez’s performance against Callum Smith. The Mexican took on the Englishman in his first fight since being freed from Golden Boy Promotions. Canelo won a unanimous decision after dominating the fight from the start.

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De La Hoya explained what Alvarez did wrong and what he could have done better. He even accused him of complacency in the fight. However, many will feel the legal dispute between the two has influenced these comments from De La Hoya.

Speaking to Fight Hub TV on YouTube, De La Hoya said, “I obviously would have liked him to have thrown more combinations. He could have stopped him if he’d wanted to.” Which is an opinion many fans shared after the fight.

However, the former promoter gave him credit for his performance. He said, “I think he did phenomenally, he did a wonderful job, but he needs more work when it comes to letting his punches loose.”

Instead, Alvarez chose to stick to his game-plan and break down the Englishman over 12-rounds.

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Despite Canelo’s game-plan working to perfection, De La Hoya says the Mexican was not his usual self. “I think he’s very complacent right now, he’s in a place where, ‘I’m going to throw one punch, a power shot, two shots’,” said De La Hoya.

He went on to explain why this is not a good thing by saying, “You have to make sure that the fans are getting…. Are getting a spectacle. Are getting, you know, their money’s worth.”

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Despite these comments from De La Hoya, there will be many who feel the Alvarez-Smith fight was well worth the money.

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) and Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Ultimately, these comments were expected from his former trainer. The legal dispute strained the relationship between the two.

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This is not the first time De La Hoya has made a dig at him, and it certainly won’t be the last. What did you make of Canelo Alvarez’s performance against Callum Smith?

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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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