Over the last several months, legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya has stirred up plenty of excitement around him concerning a possible in-ring return. De La Hoya has continued to train for a comeback after more than a decade since his last fight. As he rolls down that path, he may have revealed his target fight date.
Oscar De La Hoya announces boxing comeback attempt
Amid all the noise last year from several legendary boxers attempting their comeback, Oscar De La Hoya threw his name into the hat.
De La Hoya confirmed last August to Steve Kim of ESPN that he was working toward an in-ring return after more than a decade since his last fight.
“It’s a real fight,” he said. “I miss being in the ring. I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”
His last fight occurred in 2008 after he threw in the towel following eight rounds against Manny Pacquiao. A few months after the match, he announced his retirement.
De La Hoya’s continued push to get back into the ring has led him to a potential return date for this year.
Legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya spills out target comeback date
Since Oscar De La Hoya announced a potential comeback, things have remained on the progressive route toward a return.
De La Hoya has continued to voice his desire to get back in the ring as Mike Tyson’s impressive comeback has inspired him even more. During a recent interview on Boxing With Chris Mannix, the 48-year-old voiced that he may target July 4 as his return date due to the United States potentially re-opening everything up to move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“One thing that struck was that our president [Joe] Biden said that America is going to open up officially on July 4,” De La Hoya said. “Maybe July 4 can be the weekend. We’ll see.
“It’s a great date. We continued the tradition with Cinco De Mayo and September 16. Why not America’s birthday on July 4.”
De La Hoya did voice that he isn’t where he liked to be yet in terms of his weight. He stated that he’s currently training at 168 pounds and wants to get down to 160 pounds to see how his body responds.
The former light middleweight champion also added that he’s quite impressed by how he’s fared so far in sparring sessions.
“I have been training for quite a while now,” De La Hoya said. “I actually sparred the other day. I didn’t know I was that good. I forgot how good I was. So there is something there. I want to keep sparring and keep training.”
Possible opponents may soon line up
Oscar De La Hoya has toyed around with several names as potential opponents.
Although it’s unlikely, he’s mentioned Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez for possible matches. Another name that continues to linger around the sport is Floyd Mayweather Jr. despite him continuing to voice that he’s retired.
However, Mayweather Jr. had agreed to a fight against Youtuber Logan Paul, but that fight has been postponed. The 44-year-old is perfectly fine with his undefeated record in retirement, but if the money is right, he will listen to offers.
During De La Hoya’s interview on Boxing With Chris Mannix, he stated that he would be open to avenging his loss against Mayweather Jr.
“We all know that a Mayweather-De La Hoya fight would be massive,” De La Hoya said.
Ultimately, only time will tell who will line up to face the Hall of Famer later this year.