Oscar De La Hoya: ‘I definitely have my eye on Washington D.C.’
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya said, “I have my eye on Washington D.C.” as far as staging a major boxing event in the nation’s capitol.
De La Hoya expressed those sentiments during an Oct. 2 visit to The Washington Post and again on Monday with RingTV.com.
“They [Washington Post] asked me if I would bring boxing back to D.C.,” said De La Hoya. “I said that I would absolutely want to go back to D.C. It’s a matter of just putting it together.”
Chief among the fights De La Hoya said he would consider to be an attraction is a unification bout between IBF junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson, a native of Washington D.C., and RING 140-pound champion Danny Garcia, a Philadelphia resident who also holds the WBA and WBC belts.
“The Verizon Center is a great venue, which we will take a look at,” said De La Hoya. “There is nothing written in stone but Washington D.C., is a great city for boxing.”
De La Hoya was ringside at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 10, 2011, when Peterson’s disputed split decision victory dethroned Amir Khan as IBF and WBA 140-pound beltholder. Televised by HBO, Peterson-Khan took place before some 10,000 fans.
Golden Boy returned to D.C. this past April for a tripleheader at the D.C. Armory on Showtime, one headlined by Bernard Hopkins’ unanimous decision over Beibut Shumenov, whom he floored in the 11th round of their light heavyweight bout. In victory, Hopkins, a Philadelphia native, added Shumenov’s WBA belt to the IBF title he already owned.
Also on the Hopkins-Shumenov card, then-IBF welterweight beltholder Shawn Porter scored dropped two-division titlist Paulie Malignaggi in the final round of a fourth round stoppage and then-WBO middleweight titleholder, Peter Quillin unanimously decisioned Lukas Konecny.
At the Armory, Peterson has also stopped Kendall Holt in the eighth round in February 2013 and unanimously decisioned Dierry Jean last January.
“Washington, D.C. is a great boxing town as well as a great market,” said De La Hoya. “We’ve staged Hopkins there and we had Amir Khan there against Lamont Peterson there. So I definitely have my eye on Washington, D.C.”