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Oscar De La Hoya still longs to box, knows he can’t

Fighters Network

ARLINGTON, Texas – Oscar De La Hoya made a strange admission on Thursday. Though he’s been retired since 2008, he still misses getting punched in the face.

“That’s the one part of boxing that I really did miss,” De La Hoya told with a smile nearly the size of Texas. The Golden Boy, now CEO of his own promotional company, spoke in a side room at AT&T Stadium following a press conference for Canelo Alvarez’s title fight with Liam Smith on Saturday on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“It’s because when you get hit, something in your eyes happens,” he said. “You turn on this switch in you where you want to retaliate and your adrenaline is going. You want revenge.”

De La Hoya still has hunger pangs for the sport but the 43-year-old also has no misgivings about making a comeback. “I miss it every day,” he said. “But the great thing is I’m too old to get back in there. You could make an argument (that I can still fight). But believe me, I wouldn’t last two rounds.”


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