Oscar De La Hoya will make a boxing comeback 13 years after Manny Pacquiao’s loss, following in the footsteps of Mike Tyson.
Oscar De La Hoya is returning to boxing 13 years after losing to Manny Pacquiao in his final fight.
Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed he will return to boxing this year, 13 years after his last bout, following in the footsteps of fellow boxing star Mike Tyson. Last November, Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. in a rematch.
And, during a Triller news conference for Ben Askren’s upcoming bout with Jake Paul on Friday night, American icon De La Hoya confirmed that he will follow suit.
The 48-year-old has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in 2008, but he will return on July 3.
His opponent, as well as the fight site, are still to be determined. It’s also uncertain whether the bout, like Tyson’s, will be an exhibition.
The event is supposed to be headlined by De La Hoya, who simply announced, “July 3, I’m making my comeback.” He then went off stage, dropping the mic.
The multi-weight world champion returns from retirement with a 39-6 record, having held the WBC light middleweight belt until May 2007, when he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather.
He has previously held championships in junior lightweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight divisions.
After a tie with Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition in November last year, the ‘Golden Boy’ follows former heavyweight champion Tyson, 54, in making a comeback with Iron Mike.
Tyson has also lately stated that he will fight Evander Holyfield in a trilogy battle later this year. Tyson famously fought Holyfield twice in 1996 and 1997.
Meanwhile, after more than a decade away from the ring, De La Hoya recently stated, “I miss being in the ring.” Boxing is one of my favorite sports. Boxing is what has given me everything I have now, and I miss it.”
A rematch with Mayweather, who will face Jake Paul’s brother Logan Paul in a special demonstration in the coming months, would be “huge,” he claimed.
“I’ve been training for a long time and just sparred the other day, and I had no idea I was so good?” Declared De La Hoya.
“I had forgotten how talented I was. There’s something there that makes me want to continue sparring and training. I’m interested in seeing how my body holds up. I’m 168 and I’m on my way.”Brinkwire Summary News”.