CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya recently made headlines after revealing his wish to return to boxing and even named the IBF and IBO middleweight champion of the world Gennady Golovkin aka ‘GGG’ as his “easy” comeback opponent. Now, Golovkin has come up with a response.
Former WBC, WBO and IBF titleholder Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) left boxing 12 years ago, but in late November, he voiced his wish of making it back to the ring.
Speaking to BoxingScene.com, De La Hoya even named his preferred comeback fighter, picking none other than Golovkin, claiming it would be an easy fight for him.
“You know how easy GGG would be for me? Oh, my gosh,” De La Hoya said last month.
Rather being easy, GGG would be a “nightmare” for De La Hoya
The boxing fandom was awaiting a reply from GGG and the Kazakhstani pugilist has finally hit back at the Golden Boy chief and not just a response- Golovkin has issued an actual warning to De La Hoya, advising him to see someone else for his return fight.
Speaking to AFP via a translator, Golovkin railed at De La Hoya, cautioning him that the fight won’t be easy- rather a nightmare.
“You know Oscar, you know how dirty his mouth is,” said Golovkin.
“Everything involving Gennady Golovkin for him is a nightmare. He can say whatever, ” the 38 year old went on, “but let me put it this way – If I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it.”
Ahead of a possible De La Hoya matchup, Golovkin is set to defend his IBF and IBO titles against Kamil Szeremeta at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on 18th December, his first fight since defeating Sergiy Derevyanchenko in 2019 October.
Speaking about the Szeremeta fight and his return to boxing after more than a year-long hiatus, GGG continued, “It was a long pause. There was enough time to miss boxing and forget certain things.”
“The training was good. I went through my standard training and it went well and I’m ready,” Golovkin added.