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Golovkin would murder De La Hoya, says Mares

Abner Mares Gennady Golovkin Oscar De La HoyaBy Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Abner Mares doesn’t think it’s a good idea at all for 41-year-old Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) to get in the ring against unbeaten IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) for a fight.

Mares laughed at the suggestion that De La Hoya should fight the hard hitting Golovkin. Mares thinks that De La Hoya would wind up getting murdered by Golovkin if he were to face him in his comeback. For that reason, Mares suggests that De La Hoya should fight the 52-year-old Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. Mares thinks that would be a good fight. Chavez Sr. hasn’t fought in 10 years since losing a fight to Grover Wiley in September of 2005.

“No, it can’t be Triple G,” Mares said to esnewsreporting in discussing who De La Hoya should fight next. “Triple G would murder him. No disrespect to De La Hoya, but De La Hoya is past his prime. A good fight for De La Hoya is Chavez [Sr.]. I’d like to see him against Chavez again. Have you seen Chavez lately? He looks great.”

The problem with Mares’ advice for De La Hoya to fight an old timer like Chavez Sr. is that De La Hoya says that he only wants to fight the best when/if he comes back. He doesn’t want to come back and fight a bunch of old timers in fights that people won’t have any interest in seeing. De La Hoya specifically says he wants to fight Golovkin and only him if he comes back. Golovkin hasn’t said whether he would be willing to take on De La Hoya or not. He might have too much respect for De La Hoya for him to get in the ring and start head-hunting for a knockout.

It might be difficult for boxing fans to take a Golovkin vs. De La Hoya fight seriously unless De La Hoya fights a series of tune-up bouts and looks good against decent opposition. De La Hoya didn’t mention being open to fighting tune-up bouts, which means that he only wants the Golovkin bout and nothing else.

De La Hoya has been out of the ring for seven years now, and he looks like an old 41 rather than a young 41. He’s put on weight, and looks kind of fleshy around the jowls. To take off all the weight that he’s put on would take several months, but even then he’s not a legitimate middleweight. De La Hoya’s best weight late in his career was at 154. If he can drag Golovkin down to 154, then he might stand a better chance if Golovkin winds up weight drained and not as strong as he usually is.

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