Oscar De La Hoya announces boxing comeback aged 48 and confirms July date
Oscar De La Hoya has announced a return to boxing aged 48 this July as the legend becomes the latest fighter to come out of retirement.
The former six-weight world champion, who finished his career with a 39-6 record, hung up his gloves in 2008 following a big defeat to Manny Pacquiao.
But just like Mike Tyson, the ‘Golden Boy’ will be stepping back into the ring after more than a decade out against an unconfirmed opponent on July 3.
The American icon announced the news in bizarre fashion: with a broken microphone, alongside rap artist Snoop Dogg, at a press conference for YouTuber Jake Paul’s upcoming fight against UFC fighter Ben Askren.
De La Hoya will certainly hope his comeback fight goes better than the announcement, as those in attendance could hardly hear him say: ‘July 3, I’m making my comeback’.
The boxer dropped the mic and walked off stage, before Snoop Dogg was forced to repeat what he said.
De La Hoya is the latest legendary fighter to make a comeback, following Tyson’s exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr last November – which, like the Paul fight, was also produced by social media platform Triller.
While we are yet to discover who De La Hoya will face, it is hoped Tyson’s next fight will be against famous rival Evander Holyfield, 58, on May 29 at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Iron Mike, 54, recently said: “I just want everybody to know, the fight is on with me and Holyfield.
“Holyfield’s a humble man, I know that. And he’s a man of God, but I’m God’s man.
“And, listen, I’m going to be successful on May 29th.”