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De La Hoya plans to hang up gloves after next 3 fights

De La Hoya plans to hang up gloves after next 3 fights

Oscar De La Hoya plans to fight three times this year, then retire.
"I'm at that stage of my career now where I can't take it further," the 35-year-old De La Hoya said on Tuesday. "I can't go on for the next two years, three years. It's just time to hang up the gloves.
De La Hoya was speaking after a news conference to discuss his May 3 bout against Steve Forbes, a runner-up on U.S. television's "Tournament of Contenders."
A former champion in five weight classes and one of boxing's most recognizable fighters, De La Hoya wants to meet Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a September rematch of their bout last May. Mayweather won by split decision.
"I've been thinking about this for the longest time now, and now is the perfect year," he said. "The fact that my body can still do it, the fact that my mind wants to do it.
"This is the perfect moment for me to hang up the gloves and be one of a few, or maybe be the only one, to do it right. I don't want to be categorized as an athlete who retired too early, then had to come back and fight one more time.
"I really want to go out with a big bang."


Updated : 2020-12-03 16:05 GMT+08:00