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Oscar de La Hoya looking fast and powerful in mitts workout

Image: Oscar de La Hoya looking fast and powerful in mitts workout

By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya showed that he still has blazing hand speed and power in a mitt workout that he posted on social media on Tuesday. The 47-year-old De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) is preparing for a comeback at 154.

The mitt workout showed that the 47-year-old De la Hoya still has the speed and power. He looks dangerous even now. But it wouldn’t be a  good idea for Oscar to fight at 160, 154, or 147.

Oscar hasn’t said how long he plans on training before returning to the ring, but it would be smart if he worked out hard for eight months. He needs to trim down and build up his stamina.

Can De La Hoya come back and fight success? Yes, but he needs the right opponent, preferably a chinny welterweight like Amir Khan. He would be perfect for Oscar.

135 o 140 would be profitable divisions for Oscar

De La Hoya should try and get down to 135 or 140, and take on one of the top guys in those divisions. When Oscar fought at 135 from 1992 to 1995, he was a real terror. With his size, speed, and power, Oscar was crushing his opposition and looking invincible.

If De La Hoya could get back down to 135 with diet and exercise, he’ll have better success, as long as he’s not weight drained.

Image: Oscar de La Hoya looking fast and powerful in mitts workout

De La Hoya hasn’t fought in 12 years since retiring following an 8th round TKO defeat against manny Pacquiao. Fans on social media would like to see Oscar return to the ring to challenge IBF/WBA/WBO junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, but he may be looking for a more prominent name.

There’s a lot of money for De La Hoya to fight against Manny Pacquiao, Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez, Errol Spence Jr, Keith Thurman, and Terence Crawford. Jermell Charlo would trail all those fighters as far as fan interest for a fight against De La Hoya.


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My boy, Ryan, was helping me warm up. This was his first time holding mitts. 😂 #comeback 🥊

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There’s nobody for De La Hoya to fight at 154 that will bring in a lot of money. If it’s money that De La Hoya wants, then he’s got to face someone like Canelo, Golovkin, or one of the popular welterweights. Canelo probably wouldn’t agree to fight De La Hoya because those two are going through litigation.

Returning to the ring would be an excellent way for De La Hoya to make a lot of money in a short period. He can use the revenue to pour into his Golden Boy promotional company, which is currently going through litigation with Canelo Alvarez.

Who knows how that’s going to turn out. If it costs Golden Boy a bunch of money, then De La Hoya’s comeback could help in that area. The best way for De La Hoya to keep making money for more than one fight is to choose his opponents wisely and pick a weight class where he has an advantage.

De La Hoya was nowhere near as useful at 160, 154, or 147 as he was at 140 and 135. But at this point in De La Hoya’s life, he probably can’t get back down those weight classes without draining himself severely.

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