Trainer Reveals Anticipation for Roy Jones Jr. vs Oscar De La Hoya Fight: “We Shall See Who Will Be the Real ‘Captain Hook”

Published 04/04/2021, 11:04 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 1: Roy Jones Jr. and John Ruiz fight for the WBA heavyweight title on March 1, 2003 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones won the fight with a unanimous decision in 12 rounds. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


In November 2020, Roy Jones Jr. stepped inside the boxing ring to face Mike Tyson in an exhibition bout. As expected, the fight garnered the attention of the entire world and became a hot topic in the entire sporting fraternity. Both the boxers showcased a snippet of their old self and rolled out a cracking show for the fans.

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That said, the exhibition bout between the duo inspired many veteran boxers to lace up the boxing gloves again. One such name on that list is ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya. In fact, the ‘Captain Hook’ might end up confronting the latter in the coming months.

In an interview distributed by a press release, Roy Jones Jr.’s trainer, Alfy Smith, offered his two cents on this matchup.

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He said, “I know that they never got to fight based off weight classes before, but now would be the perfect time to give the fans a great fight that they’d thought they would get to see.

“De La Hoya has one of the greatest left hooks in boxing history, Roy has a devastating hook as well, we shall see who will be the real ‘Captain Hook’.” (h/t DAZN News)

De La Hoya has already admitted that Mike Tyson inspired him to step inside the squared circle again. Over the past few months, he’s spent substantial time in the gym to carve his best version and present himself in the ring later.

He’s in search of a stout contender for his return and seems like he’s got one in the form of veteran Roy Jones Jr.

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De La Hoya and Jones Jr. rank among the most renowned pugilists of all time. The ‘Golden Boy’ has even announced July as his comeback fight timeline without disclosing the opponent’s name.

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LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 18,1994: Roy Jones Jr. celebrates winning the fight against James Toney at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roy Jones Jr.won the IBF super middleweight title by a UD 12.
(Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)

On the other side, Jones Jr. has shown interest in coming back to ring again and putting on yet another show for the fans. Citing the same, a fight between the two is definitely possible, but nothing official has been released yet.

However, a news piece regarding the same might be out in the next few months, thus giving clarity whether a tussle between them will take place.

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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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