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Bigger than 11 years after retiring from in-ring opponents, Oscar De La Hoya is coaching his body for the likely of getting yet any other match.
Showing on the SI Boxing Podcast with Chris Mannix, De La Hoya explained the system of inserting himself via the day to day coaching rigor in divulge to compete again:
“I own it be moral a topic of pulling the diagram off of building that determination to head to the gym, to wake up within the morning, to perform the sacrifice. Earlier than I needed to make it, but I moral couldn’t make it. I might perchance now not pull the diagram off. I might perchance now not wake up within the morning. I might perchance now not get rid of myself to the gym and spar six rounds. Now it be like I in fact have this motivation to make it for myself, to disclose to myself that I’m in a position to make it. And so we are going to look what occurs.”
De La Hoya’s comments a few comeback near as Golden Boy Promotions prepares to run exhibits for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, initiating on July 24.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the very best active megastar below the Golden Boy umbrella, hasn’t fought since closing November, but De La Hoya suggested Mannix he’s hoping to finalize an opponent for the middleweight champion as soon as subsequent week.
On his potential return, De La Hoya said he “can make some break” within the 154-pound weight class.
“My power, you never lose power,” he said. “Maybe my timing might presumably well be off a runt, but that’s something that I will must settle out. So there is loads that comes into play. And I moral strongly feel that I’m in a position to make it.”
Mannix famend that De Le Hoya made it clear he would now not must near benefit for a one-off exhibition bout and would no longer be drawn to a tune-up match.
De La Hoya, 47, announced his retirement in April 2009, 5 months after he lost to Manny Pacquiao when his corner known as for a stoppage between the eighth and ninth rounds. He lost four of his closing seven matches after a 36-2 yarn to originate his profession.