Oscar De La Hoya, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions has been often leading speculations about making a return to professional boxing. Now, the promoter has caused quite a stir surrounding his potential comeback, and names the boxer who would be an “easy” opponent for him- none other than Gennady Golovkin aka “Triple G”.
Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), who is a former 10-time world champion across six weight divisions, having held WBC, WBO and IBF titles during his prime, was last seen in action back on 6th December 2008 when he was defeated by Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
12 years later and now a renowned boxing promoter with star-studded alumni including the likes of Canelo Álvarez, Amir Khan, Deontay Wilder and many more, De La Hoya’s contemplation of returning to the ring gains pace as he wishes to take on the IBF and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
I took apart fighters like Golovkin: Oscar De La Hoya
Speaking to BoxingScene.com, Oscar De La Hoya insisted taking on Golovkin on his comeback bout, claiming “GGG” would be an easy matchup for the 47-year-old.
“You know how easy GGG would be for me? Oh, my gosh,” said De La Hoya, “It would be a high-profile fight, that’s for sure.”
Notably, Golovkin, 38, is still in his prime and is set to defend his IBF and IBO belts against Polish boxer Kamil Szeremeta on 18th December at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
In comparison, the 47-year-old De La Hoya has been away from professional boxing for more than a decade, but the 1992 Summer Olympics lightweight gold medallist still believes it would be a fair fight.
“He’s (Golovkin) older as well,” De La Hoya went on, “I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him. In my mind it would be that easy.”
Although De La Hoya previously turned his back to fights against Sergio Martínez and Marcos Maidana, this is one fight that the Mexican-American assures to reflect on.
“I would definitely consider it, that’s for sure,” De La Hoya concluded.