Oscar De La Hoya Questions Anthony Joshua’s Heart and Chin – Favors Tyson Fury to Win

Published 01/15/2021, 6:00 AM EST


Former multi-weight world champion, Oscar De La Hoya, is a highly respected name in boxing and his words have some weight in debates. The boxer-turned-promoter chose his favorite heavyweight and revealed his pick for the highly anticipated heavyweight clash of 2021.

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All the talk in the heavyweight division for 2021 has been about Tyson Fury taking on Anthony Joshua. Now ‘The Golden Boy’ may have revealed which fighter he fancies when the two will meet in the ring.

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)

Speaking to SNOWQUEENLA on YouTube, the promoter had to pick between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. He said, “You know what? Both guys are great. Both are my favorite, actually. But I have to go, Tyson. How can you not… I mean, look at that smile, right?”

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However, he then explained that it was more than that. “Aside from that, I mean look. Tyson has these abilities for a big guy, he fights like a lightweight. And he hits hard. What he did to Deontay Wilder is incredible. How he got off the canvas… we know he has the chin and the heart.”

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Oscar De La Hoya explains why he doesn’t pick Anthony Joshua over Tyson Fury

The former boxing champion explained the sole reason why he is skeptical of Joshua. “So the only thing that kinda questions me not to pick Anthony is that I’ve seen Anthony where, he kinda got shooken up by Ruiz, you know,” said De La Hoya.

He added that one had to question the fact that ‘AJ’ was shaken and voiced his concerns on Joshua having the mental strength. He concluded by saying that he had to go with ‘The Gypsy King’.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Clearly, the promoter thinks both fighters are exceptional, but Fury has the edge. What do you make of Oscar De La Hoya’s comments?

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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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