Ricky Hatton Details His Anticipation to Fight Oscar De La Hoya in an Exhibition

Published 07/03/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
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)


Exhibition fights have turned into a trend in the boxing world. They are slowly taking over the sport. Many boxing legends and celebrities across many verticals lace up the boxing gloves to fulfill their wish of fighting inside the squared circle, thus entertaining the vast boxing masses.

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Citing that, the former boxing champ, Ricky Hatton, too, has expressed his interest in taking up an exhibition bout. In fact, he wishes to lock horns with another veteran in Oscar De La Hoya.

Recently, talking to Metro, he said, “I’ll have a move about with Oscar De La Hoya if the opportunity comes! Oscar was a hero to a lot of people in boxing so it would be interesting even if it is only an exhibition. To share the ring with him and find out first-hand how good he was and maybe still is.”

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De La Hoya will step inside the ring to face the UFC legend, Vitor Belfort in a few months from now. For a long time. ‘Golden Boy’ had a powerful urge to make his return to the ring and now he’s finally ready to do the same.

Hatton is observing these trends wherein former boxing stalwarts are taking up the ring space. That said, in his above statement he cleared his interest in fighting in an exhibition.

Though he left the sport almost a decade ago, Hatton still has that deep love for the sport and his statement is a step in the right direction in the eyes of his fans who want to see him boxing again.

Will the fans ever get to see Oscar De La Hoya fighting Ricky Hatton?

Celebrity/exhibition fights seem to have a vibrant future in boxing. And with time, more and more fighters will enroll themselves for this.

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)

Considering this, a fight between De La Hoya and Hatton might come to fruition if both the parties show slick interest in battling each other.

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But prior to that, ‘Golden Boy’ would like to fight and assess his chances against Belfort. And post that, he might come up with a decision to fight again in an exhibition or discontinue.

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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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