Oscar De La Hoya, six-weight world champion and former promoter of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, has had his say on the Mexican’s latest fight with Gennady Golovkin, and he was less than impressed.
Boxing legend De La Hoya had previously promoted ‘Canelo’ until a fall out in 2020 led to the pound-for-pound superstar being released from his contract by De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Having been at the helm for the first two fights between Alvarez and Golovkin, De La Hoya had a clear interest in the third and final bout between the two rivals.
However, the 49-year-old claimed he was falling asleep at the event, despite being ringside in Las Vegas. De La Hoya took to Instagram to joke that he only stayed awake because his girlfriend, TV reporter Holly Sonders, ‘grabbed him on the a**’.
Once the fight was concluded, the former middleweight champion took to Twitter to express his disappointment of the main event and take another dig at his old fighter. In a rambling postto, De La Hoya claimed that Golovkin was now too old for the trilogy fight.
“The truth is everyone is afraid of speaking the truth. The fight [Canelo-Golovkin] was a f**** dud. GGG was old as f***, and Canelo can’t hold Hopkins’ jockstrap”
The tweet has since been deleted. Ironically, now what takes its place at the top of De La Hoya’s feed is a message of good wished to both fighters that he posted before the event.
Many of the boxing community was underwhelmed with Golovkin’s performance in the trilogy fight of such a historic rivalry, and it seems a shame that this will be the final instalment of their tale.
There was talk of retirement, although ‘Triple G’ assured fans that it wasn’t in his immediate plans. After all, there are plenty of contenders, including Chris Eubank Jr, who believe that they have the beating of the Kazakh fighter, and thus there are still big fights to be made.