Former boxing champion and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya joined The Jim Rome Podcast to discuss his fighter Canelo Alvarez’s Saturday night fight against undefeated champion Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas.
De La Hoya said he expects an all-out war between Alvarez and GGG and whoever can take the better punch will be named the world’s top middleweight boxer.
“I know for a fact that these guys are going to land bombs on each other,” De La Hoya said. “I know that these guys are just going to go straight forward to each other. Both guys don’t know how to take a step backwards. It calls for a blood bath. I think six or seven to eight to nine rounds of hell for both guys.”
De La Hoya thinks the fight will end with one guy on his back.
“Both guys are going to take the punishment the first few rounds because they’re in such good shape,” De La Hoya said. “I mean these are the types of fights where you elevate your game. You run that extra mile, you spar, and box more rounds so you can make sure you’re in great shape. These are the type of fights that elevate your game, and so I think both guys will be able to take some punishment in the beginning, but once you start penetrating that armor, eventually your chin gives out or the resistance gives out and somebody is going to go down.”
The former prize fighter shared his biggest concern for Alvarez.
“Obviously, being blown out of the water by Triple G, that’s the worst case scenario that could take place inside that ring,” De La Hoya said. “Look, if he loses in a great fight, so be it. As long as it’s a great fight, that’s all that matters to me. I’m being a fan here. These are the types of fights I dream of as a fan and a promoter.
“I’m just hoping that’s the rounds I think it’s going to last, because if that’s the case, we are going to see one of the best fights in the history of the middleweight division.”
De La Hoya was extremely outspoken with his distaste for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight, a fight he viewed as disrespectful to his sport. That doesn’t mean De La Hoya wasn’t aware of the number of people who pirated the match. The 44-year-old said piracy is a big problem in the sport, but was hoping their approach for Alvarez vs. GGG will cut down on the people who are sneaking free streams.
“We are actually looking into getting the FBI involved. It’s a big concern,” De La Hoya said. “We’re obviously on top it. We have great partners with HBO and everyone who is involved in the event, we have people who are on top of it.
“Is it a concern? Yes. Is it a big concern long term? I think we’re going to tackle the problem for future fights and hopefully we can minimize the pirated number to zero, just like the way we did with the cable boxes back in the day. Everybody use to pirate the fights and now, it’s obviously now impossible because of satellite TV, but it’s a big problem.”
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