Óscar de la Hoya claims to be happy that Canelo Álvarez is returning to fight in Guadalajara, although he does not understand why Canelo has taken to the level of someone like John Ryder.
Canelo, the reigning undisputed super middleweight champion will put his WBC, WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles on the line against Ryder, the mandatory challenger and interim WBO champion on the 6th of May will be at the Akron Stadium.
However, De La Hoya believes that it’s a step backwards in Canelo’s career.
“He (Canelo) does it for the Mexicans in Guadalajara, it makes me happy that he’s doing that, but in terms of opposition, I’m not sure which direction he wants to go,” the promoter said in a recent interview with Fight Hub. “It looks like he’s going backwards inside the ring.”
“He’s going backwards in terms of picking opponents,” De La Hoya went on, “He’s fighting all these British fighters, and he’s doing nothing for his legacy. I don’t know whose fault it is. I don’t want to mention anyone. I think Canelo has to look carefully at who he wants to fight in the next fight, whether it’s Bivol, whether it’s Munguía, but he has to level up, and fight tough opposition. He has to go against the tough guys who are there and who can give him a fight. Not against the John Ryders out there in the world.”
The type of fights that Canelo must do, according to De La Hoya, are those in which the fan struggles to give a forecast. Like him fighting with David Benavidez, for example.
“Sure, those are the fights that build your legacy,” De La Hoya added. “They’re those kinds of fights where people have to think about who’s going to win, where people really have to think about who’s going to win.”
Óscar de la Hoya is happy that Canelo returns to Mexico
Óscar de la Hoya expressed being happy that Canelo Álvarez has chosen to fight again in Mexico after almost 12 years.
“I think it’s great that Canelo Álvarez is going back to his roots and his hometown,” De La Hoya said. “I think it’s special. We at Golden Boy were the last promoters to have him fight in his house 12 years ago. So it makes me happy that he’s going back and doing it in front of his people.”