Oscar De La Hoya Praises Jake Paul and Mike Tyson for ‘Creating Attention’ in Boxing

Published 12/27/2020, 6:00 AM EST
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


As long as special exhibition bouts attract new fans to the sport, Oscar De La Hoya is one among those who are ready to support this novel trend.

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In recent times, exhibition bouts have seen a steady rise as Mike Tyson returned to the ring after 15 years to face Roy Jones Jr. at Staples Center.

Floyd Mayweather’s return against Logan Paul is the next big exhibition in February 2021 at the Tokyo Dome as this fad gathers momentum.

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While hardcore fight fans have frequently bashed these exhibition fights, citing them as mere money-making machines, Oscar De La Hoya tags them to be “entertainment”.

Apart from being a world-class boxer, De La Hoya is also a promoter. So, the Golden Boy CEO understands the nerve of the sport.

As long as it brings entertainment, De La Hoya doesn’t mind watching exhibition fights. He connected with Bloomberg to talk about the scenario and sent a lot of combat fans into a frenzy with his response.

He hailed Tyson’s return and said, “It was entertainment. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that, for the first time in a long time, fans and people were congregating to watch an event.

“Mike Tyson is such an inspiration, he got in good shape and looked good. Mike Tyson proved and showed the world that age is just a number.” 

Nov 27, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson during weigh ins for a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout in Los Angeles. Mandatory Credit: Lynn Millspaugh/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Oscar De La Hoya praises Jake Paul

Following his assessment of Tyson, De La Hoya also lauded Jake Paul. While Golden Boy’s former prodigy Canelo Alvarez lashed out at the Paul brothers for their boxing stints, De La Hoya took a different path.

He said, “We’re appreciative of a Jake Paul who is a boxer now. He’s creating attention that boxing hasn’t seen in a long time.”

Well, Jake Paul and Logan Paul clearly brought a huge viewership to boxing, and the promoters don’t want to miss out on the money that comes with it.

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Meanwhile, the exhibition bouts might overpass the real fights on certain occasions. When Tyson and Jones Jr. fought each other, Daniel Dubois faced his maiden loss against Joe Joyce.

Boxing – Daniel Dubois Workout – Peacock Gym, Epping, Britain – November 4, 2020 Daniel Dubois during a workout Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

Sadly, the heavyweight active fight got little recognition for clashing with Tyson’s return on the same date. This might be the case with many other events, as exhibition fights are growing rapidly in the sport.

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Do you think Oscar De La Hoya’s take on such events makes sense?

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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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