Oscar De La Hoya vs. Georges St-Pierre: Who Would Have Won in a Boxing Match?

Published 05/17/2021, 12:06 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Following the recent scenario, Oscar De La Hoya and Georges St-Pierre might not lock horns in an exhibition boxing bout. Per Ryan Kavanaugh of Triller, Dana White hasn’t let St-Pierre enter the contractual works for the fight. So, we may not see it happen anytime soon.

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However, the idea of the matchup has sent several fans into a frenzy, garnering different opinions from the fight word. Both De La Hoya, and Georges St-Pierre, are eminent fighters, having reigned as multi-weight champions in their respective sports. Also, they have been inactive for a while. ‘Golden Boy’ retired in 2008; ‘Rush’ retired in 2013 and had a final match in 2017.

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Hence, they are perfect opponents for an exhibition. However, as it would be a boxing bout, De La Hoya would clearly have some advantages as GSP wouldn’t be able to use all his MMA tools in a boxing fight.

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GSP (26-2), who is arguably the greatest welterweight fighter in the UFC, avenged both his losses. Adding to that, St-Pierre is a recognized striker and a wrestler. So, one can never rule out the chance of seeing some serious action coming from GSP’s fists.

The Canadian fighter, who has been a natural 170-pound fighter all his life, showcased his ability in the middleweight unit by beating Michael Bisping for the title at UFC 217. Hence, he will have a serious size advantage over De La Hoya.

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39-6 as a four-division champion, De La Hoya has weighed around 147 lbs to 154 lbs in his career. So, it will be a setback to fight someone from the higher-weight class. However, the ‘Golden Boy’ is an absolute hard-hitter, claiming 30 wins via stoppage in his career. Per his record and the fact that it is a boxing bout, he can still pull off a show, especially against a non-professional boxer.

However, boxing is an unpredictable sport where one punch is all it takes to end proceedings.

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An exhibition bout will go ahead under safety measures and will seemingly let both the ex-champions showcase their abilities. While it’s hard to picture the losing side, it will be an intriguing fight for all the right reasons.

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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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