Oscar De La Hoya is making a boxing comeback: 'I miss being in the ring'closeVideo
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Oscar De La Hoya is making a comeback.
The 47-year-old legendary boxer told ESPN that he has plans on returning to the ring for the first time in 12 years. De La Hoya, who has a 39-6 record with 30 knockouts in his career, said he doesn’t plan on fighting in an exhibition like Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. because he plans on sparring in a real fight.
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“The rumors are true, and I'm going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” De La Hoya said. “It's a real fight. I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”
When De La Hoya was boxing in his prime years, he was one of the best in the sport.
An 11-time titlist, De La Hoya won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. He also won the WBO junior lightweight title in 1994 and eventually won major world titles in six weight classes.
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De La Hoya added that he plans on fighting at the 154-160 pound weight class.
“Look, it's been a long time, yes,” he said. “But actually my jab feels faster than ever. I have to make sure that my conditioning is perfect, my health is good. And that's going to take place in the next few weeks. So we'll see.”