De La Hoya has golden vision of future

Former professional boxer Oscar de la Hoya poses at the premiere of ''McFarland, USA'' at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California February 9, 2015.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Former professional boxer Oscar de la Hoya poses at the premier of ”McFarland, U.S.” at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California February 9, 2015.

Reuters/Mario Anzuoni


Oscar De La Hoya sees golden occasions in advance for boxing and his Golden Boy Promotions, envisioning his fighter Canelo Alvarez changing into a celeb, new heavyweights coming up on the Rio Olympics and Ronda Rousey Within The ring.

De La Hoya, who gained 10 world titles in six weight courses after claiming 1992 Olympic gold at age 19 in Barcelona, believes in “daring to be great” and said exhausting-hitting Alvarez faces a pivotal chance on Nov. 21 against Miguel Cotto.

Alvarez, a 25-yr-old pink-haired, freckle confronted Mexican with energy in each fingers and a forty five-1-1 file with 32 knockouts, is taking up veteran Cotto (40-Four, 33 knockouts) for the WBC world middleweight title in Las Vegas.

“Right Now, the ‘next guy’ is Canelo,” De La Hoya informed Reuters in regards to the new wave to practice the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as boxing’s headliners.

“November 21 is so vital. If he wins in surprising style, we have now the next superstar in boxing. It’s a super launching pad.”

Mexican-American De La Hoya, nicknamed “Golden Boy” for his run to Barcelona gold, now boasts a secure of Ninety boxers as a promoter with Alvarez the apple of his eye.

He sees something of himself in Alvarez, whose simplest career loss came in a 2013 majority decision against Mayweather.

De La Hoya stated Alvarez was no longer ready to beat the defensive wizard However The boxer needed the fit, needed to check himself and had no regrets regardless of losing his WBC and WBA tremendous welterweight titles to the American.

The promoter is aware of Cotto may emerge triumphant, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming big about a conflict in opposition to Kazakhstan knockout artist Gennady Golovkin, some other world middleweight title holder.

De La Hoya believes that boxing prospers when the perfect take on the most effective and mentioned he could see Alvarez in a championship slugfest against unbeaten Golovkin within a year or 18 months.

“It’s attention-grabbing to peer how lengthy we’re going to take to build, the need for it to marinate only a bit,” he stated. “I Love my meat medium uncommon. I’m no longer a man who likes to over prepare dinner my meat.

“In The intervening time, Triple G (Golovkin) is now Preventing with tricky guys, Canelo is Combating with difficult guys. They may lose, they would possibly win. That’s the risk we have to take. The imaginative and prescient, the game plan, is to have them meet, faster than later.

“It Will be like two Mack vehicles colliding. It Is Going To be the subsequent super battle for the sport of boxing.”

HEAVYWEIGHT HOPES

De La Hoya mentioned struggle fanatics love the big hitters and particularly bemoaned an absence of excitement In The heavyweight ranks. But The promoter believes a renaissance could be born on the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“The Olympics are necessary to settling on the following superstars.

“We’ve had our struggles up to now Olympics,” De La Hoya stated about bad U.S. results at up to date Video Games, “which I blame on the Olympic device, which has been changed now again to the old scoring machine.”

Now instead of computerized punch counts, which reward extent, ringside judges will score along the lines of professional boxing to raised integrate methodology and punching energy into the judging.

“I consider that in Rio and the next Olympics, The United States goes to have our subsequent great Olympic champions who’re going to hold the game for future years,” said De La Hoya, who plans on being in Rio as a spectator and skill scout.

“I strongly really feel that in Rio the united states is going to determine the following heavyweight champion that America needs to deliver pleasure and more attention to the sport.”

ROUSEY RING

De La Hoya additionally sees a boost in excitement will have to blended martial arts big name Ronda Rousey try boxing.

He went so far as to signify to editors of Ring Magazine, the Bible of Boxing which is owned by way of Golden Boy Promotions, that Rousey grace a latest controversial cover of the Magazine.

“Ronda Rousey is the hottest athlete At The Moment. She’s the ‘It Lady’. Actually that she desires to be a world champion in boxing, she’s talked about it. She needs to try it out.

“When Ronda Rousey is ready to change into a boxer, I told her Golden Boy Promotions is ready to welcome her with open hands,” stated De La Hoya.

“I’ve spoken together with her a few times, she’s interested by turning into a boxer. If the UFC ever gives her permission, we’re here,” he said, noting that Final Fighting Championship chief Dana White is a big boxing fan.

“Maybe some collaboration. It Could be very interesting. We Will shatter information. I Can think about 4 million pay-per-views for Ronda’s very first combat.”

(Modifying via Steve Keating.)

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