De La Hoya has golden vision of future

Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:25pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar De La Hoya sees golden times ahead for boxing and his Golden Boy Promotions, envisioning his fighter Canelo Alvarez becoming a star, new heavyweights arising at the Rio Olympics and Ronda Rousey in the ring.

De La Hoya, who won 10 world titles in six weight classes after claiming 1992 Olympic gold at age 19 in Barcelona, believes in "daring to be great" and said hard-hitting Alvarez faces a pivotal opportunity on Nov. 21 against Miguel Cotto.

Alvarez, a 25-year-old red-haired, freckle faced Mexican with power in both hands and a 45-1-1 record with 32 knockouts, is taking on veteran Cotto (40-4, 33 knockouts) for the WBC world middleweight title in Las Vegas.

"Right now, the 'next guy' is Canelo," De La Hoya told Reuters about the new wave to follow the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao as boxing's headliners.

"November 21 is so important. If he wins in spectacular fashion, we have the next superstar in boxing. It’s a great launching pad."

Mexican-American De La Hoya, nicknamed "Golden Boy" for his run to Barcelona gold, now boasts a stable of 90 boxers as a promoter with Alvarez the apple of his eye.

He sees something of himself in Alvarez, whose only career loss came in a 2013 majority decision against Mayweather.

De La Hoya said Alvarez was not ready to beat the defensive wizard but the boxer wanted the match, wanted to test himself and had no regrets despite losing his WBC and WBA super welterweight titles to the American.   Continued...

Former professional boxer Oscar de la Hoya poses at the premiere of "McFarland, USA" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California February 9, 2015.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni