LOS ANGELES – Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya is 48 years previous and hasn’t competed contained in the ring since a December 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao. Nearly 13 years later, De La Hoya is making a comeback in opposition to 44-year-old former UFC gentle heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort underneath the Triller Battle Membership banner in what’s being dubbed “Legends II” almost 10 months after Triller promoted the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. exhibition.
To be clear, although: this isn’t an exhibition. De La Hoya vs. Belfort is an precise eight-round bout that shall be sanctioned by the California State Athletic Fee when it takes place Sept. 11 at Staples Middle.
“After I struggle, I give it give it my all. After I prepare, I prepare like a madman,” De La Hoya informed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, on Tuesday. “I used to be just a bit uninterested in all these exhibitions and, you recognize, if you’re up there, you’re up there to go to struggle, and that’s what I anticipate to to do. I do know he’s a giant motherf*cker. However I’ll let you know one factor I’m doing: I’m doing this for the suitable motive. So mentally and bodily, it’s go time.”
It was evident that issues weighed closely on De La Hoya’s thoughts as he fought again tears on multiple event. Though he didn’t deal with specifics and solely referred to his “loopy life,” maybe he was speaking about previous transgressions similar to a 1998 sexual assault allegation (that he settled out of court in 2001) or his battle with substance abuse for which he underwent therapy.
No matter was on his thoughts, De La Hoya made clear why he’s coming again to struggle at this stage of his life when requested what “the suitable motive” is.
“For myself. I’m doing it for myself,” De La Hoya mentioned. “I’ve had a f*cking loopy life – had a loopy life. I’m sorry if I get all emotional and sh*t. I’ve performed this for 35 years. I’ve at all times performed it for my household. I’ve performed it for my followers all around the world. I’ve gone into the ring and simply let all of it out, as a result of I really like what I do. I really like what I characterize for folks. However I’m lastly doing it for myself. I’m doing it for my youngsters – for Devon, for Jacob, for Tatiana, for little Oscar, for Victoria, you recognize, for myself particularly. I can’t f*cking wait. Can’t f*cking wait.”
He continued, “It’s that inner-fight that I’ve, you recognize, that I’ve been having all these years, all of the struggles, the ache, you recognize, all of the bullshit. It’s numerous f*cking ache.
“(This struggle) doesn’t assist make up for something, simply places life into perspective. What’s essential. And this proper right here, this struggle is f*cking loopy essential. It’s what makes or breaks me, so if I’ve Belfort proper in entrance of me, I’ll inform him, ‘Look, thanks for the chance, and I do know we’re going to f*cking beat the sh*t out of one another.’ That’s principally it. And it’s going to be enjoyable. Don’t overlook that: It’s going to be enjoyable. I really like preventing.”
You’ll be able to watch De La Hoya’s full media scrum within the video under.