Oscar De La Hoya Warns Gennady Golovkin he’s no easy fight!
The “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya continues to tease a possible comeback to the squared circle. The 47-year-old’s last fight came against Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao back in December of 2008. That fight would end in the eighth round after a past-his-prime De La Hoya was beaten from pillar to post by Pacquiao, forcing his corner to throw in the towel.
A PENCHANT FOR FIGHTING THE BEST!
De La Hoya was notoriously known for his willingness to fight the best throughout his career. He has shared the ring with Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Felix Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez. De La Hoya’s mindset and mentality has not changed one bit, even at the age of 47. He has now set his sights on IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Golovkin, not taking too kind to those words, brought up the possibility of legally killing a fellow fighter inside the ring – a statement clearly aimed in the direction of the Golden Boy!
Speaking to Fight Hub TV, De La Hoya responded to comments made by Golovkin and also let it be known a possible fight would be more competitive than the IBF champion thinks.
“Well, they weren’t nice. He’s a fighter, he’s got to protect his own image you know, but he’s obviously still a dangerous fighter. Because he hits hard, but I mean come on! I’m not a walk in the park like the guy he fought on the other day [Szeremeta], that’s for sure.”
A RIGHT WAY, AND A WRONG WAY
Oscar was referring to Kamil Szeremeta, the IBF mandatory that Golovkin made easy work of on December 18, 2020. In that fight, Szeremeta was dropped four times and eventually stopped in seven rounds.
A return to the ring is not necessarily a bad idea for De La Hoya if it is done in the way Mike Tyson and Roy Jones did it back in November of 2020. However, fighting twelve rounds with a guy of Golovkin’s caliber and punching ability in a real fight is asking for all kinds of unnecessary danger. While it is admirable, it is simply not smart. Let us hope the athletic commission does not allow for such a thing to happen.
As great as Oscar was, his prime left him a long time ago. He should just stick to promoting and enjoying his post-fight career.
By: Jerrell Fletcher