Oscar De La Hoya’s Father Downplays His Son’s Boxing Return: “This Is Just a Distraction for Him”

Published 08/08/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Oscar De La Hoya weighs in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for their upcoming fight on May 5, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet for Mayorga’s WBC Junior Middleweight Championship tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/WireImage)


Oscar De La Hoya will make his professional boxing return on September 11. He will battle out the ex-UFC elite, Vitor Belfort, in an 8-round fight. ‘Golden Boy’ was in contention to make an appearance for a long time.

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At first, his fight against Belfort was supposed to be an exhibition, but as the former boxing champ wanted to make his return worth the time, he pressed for a professional bout instead of an exhibition.

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However, his father, Joel De La Hoya, isn’t on the same page as his son. In his recent interaction with Fight Hub TV, he said, “No, this is just a distraction for him. After this fight, he’ll think in other things. He’s not fighting for reals, but this is something he wants and prove something for himself.”

The veteran, who left the sport in 2008, showed immense improvements in his latest training videos, thus allaying fears that he won’t be up to speed in the ring.

De La Hoya won’t stop at a fight with Belfort. In fact, he will look to fight for a while. That said, his father’s above comments seem surprising as ‘Golden Boy’ is supremely eager to return to the professional circuit.

The entire boxing fraternity will tune in to watch De La Hoya contend with Belfort. As the buzz around this bout is at an all-time high, everyone is keen to see who comes out on top.

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Should Oscar De La Hoya really continue fighting in the professional mix?

De La Hoya, in his prime, stirred the sport with the performances he brought to the table. He will look to do the same in just over a month’s time. His upcoming fight will be more of an assessment, wherein he can learn the pros and cons of a professional return. Overall, a fight against Belfort will help him determine if he should continue with his boxing stint.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 09: Boxer Oscar De La Hoya arrives at the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ at the El Capitan Theatre on February 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

With that, everything depends on how ‘Golden Boy’ fares in his September 11 bout. What do you make of Joel De La Hoya’s above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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