Former UFC Champion Eddie Alvarez in Talks to Box Oscar De La Hoya on July 3

Published 04/14/2021, 11:56 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez takes part in UFC 205 Open Workouts at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


The boxing world was hit by a storm when Mike Tyson announced that he was fighting again in a one-off fight. He fought Roy Jones Jr. and looked every bit the star that he was. Similarly, Oscar De La Hoya announced that he was coming back, and former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is a contender.

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De La Hoya was a Titan in the world of boxing and stepped into the field of management and promotion after retirement. Mike Tyson must have influenced his decision to come back in some way. However, he still doesn’t have a potential opponent.

Journalist Michael Benson uploaded a tweet on Twitter revealing some essential details. “Former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez has revealed he is in ‘serious talks’ to box Oscar De La Hoya, 48, in his comeback fight on July 3rd,” Benson said.

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Eddie Alvarez is a legend for the sport of MMA. He is currently competing in ONE Championship and is mounting a charge for a belt in the third biggest organization in MMA. Before this, he was the UFC lightweight champion of the world and also won the Bellator lightweight world championship.

Eddie Alvarez and his amazing career in the UFC

After winning the Bellator Lightweight title for the second time, Alvarez vacated his title and moved to the UFC in 2014. His foray into the UFC lightweight division wasn’t pleasant as he lost his first fight against Donald Cerrone.

However, he then showed his class and racked up split-decision wins against Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez to earn a title shot against Rafael dos Anjos. He put on a splendid performance in the title fight and won the fight via a technical knockout in the first round.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Eddie Alvarez of the United States (right) fights against Conor McGregor of Ireland in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, that was the peak of his career. He lost the belt in his next fight against an Irish fighter called Conor McGregor. He lost via knockout in the second round and never won the belt again.

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A fight against Oscar De La Hoya would suit both parties, as the fans would love to see the outcome of that fight. De La Hoya is an amazing boxer, but his age would be a factor. He’s 48 years old in comparison to Alvarez, who’s still fighting and is 37.

Do you think Alvarez can beat Oscar De La Hoya?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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