Oscar De La Hoya’s Comeback Fight: Gennady Golovkin and Spike O’Sullivan are Frontrunners

Published 01/11/2021, 3:44 AM EST
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)


If Oscar De La Hoya returns to the boxing ring, he won’t have a shortage of opponents. Several boxers including ‘GGG’ and ‘Spike’ are pressing for a fight against the ‘Golden Boy’.

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Oscar De La Hoya retired from boxing in 2008 after losing to Manny Pacquiao. Since then, he has worked as a promoter and has never dusted off his boxing gloves. However, it might be the right time to do so as special exhibition events and comeback fights are making news in the boxing world.

Following Mike Tyson‘s return against Roy Jones Jr, Floyd Mayweather also announced his return against Logan Paul. So it made sense when Oscar De La Hoya wanted to make a comeback. Aged 47, De La Hoya already had a back and forth with Gennady Golovkin.

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The two spat venom as De La Hoya mocked the middleweight great. While the two were already in a feud, Gary O’ Sulivan entered the tale. The Irish pugilist also offered himself for De La Hoya’s return and appeared confident of bagging the fight.

Spike hunts for Oscar De La Hoya

According to Boxing Scene, ‘Spike’ connected with Sunday Sport and discussed his desire in facing De La Hoya. He didn’t demean the Golden Boy CEO, but tagged it as an easy fight for himself.

“It would be a dream fight. It would be a great fight to get as he is an 11-time world champion, six weight division and an Olympic gold medallist, and I’ve seen that I’m second favourite with the bookies in America to get that fight,” said Spike.

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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)

He added, “And it’s a winnable fight because he has been in retirement for 11 years. My coach Paschal Collins has been on to Golden Boy. I think it is a possibility, but I’m not sure it would happen, we’ll see.”

While Gennady Golovkin and Gary O’ Sulivan are still active boxers, De La Hoya isn’t relevant to the ongoing title scenario. So, he can opt for any of those opponents to stage his return. De La Hoya’s return isn’t for the record books, but just a move that can further enrich his legacy.

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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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