Oscar De La Hoya claims he’s coming back as a fighter

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Oscar De La Hoya is the latest retired professional boxer to claim that he’s going back in 2020. First, Mike Tyson announced he was coming back.

Then, Evander Holyfield announced he wanted to fight once again. Now, the 47-year-old “Golden Boy” wants to enter into the ring again.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao punches Oscar De La Hoya in the fifth round of their welterweight bout
Boxer Manny Pacquiao punches Oscar De La Hoya in the fifth round of their welterweight bout (Getty Images)

“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” De La Hoya said, according to Steve Kim of ESPN.

He wants it to be a real fight. In fact, he even wants to fight one of the top guys in boxing in his Middleweight division.

De La Hoya does not want it to be an exhibition fight.

“It’s a real fight,” De La Hoya continued. “I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”

Mike Tyson is scheduled to return to boxing — but as an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. Tyson announced earlier this year that he’s returning to the ring.

The fight was supposed to take place on Sept. 12 in Los Angeles, California. However, now, the fight may not happen, as it has been pushed back to late November.

Jones Jr. Is not pleased that the bout was pushed back.

De La Hoya has not fought since December 6, 2008 when he lost to Manny Pacquiao. Since his retirement, he has been serving as a promoter with Golden Boy Promotions.

As a professional, De La Hoya has a 39-6 in 45 professional bouts. He has 30 knockout wins and nine wins by decision.

Four of his losses were by decision. In addition, he has been knocked out twice in losses.

His loss to Pacquiao was a corner retirement before the start of the ninth round.

De La Hoya’s last win came on May 3, 2008 against Steve Forbes at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

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