Former titlist and boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya has announced that he will returned to the ring at 47-years-old.
“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” De La Hoya said.
During his two decade long career, the California native earned a record of 39-6. He earned 11 titles in six different weight classes. Along the way, he shared the ring with some of boxing greats such as Julio César Chávez, Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
Despite his lengthy resume, De La Hoya has not fought in nearly 12 years. In his last bout, he was stopped in the eighth round by Manny Pacquiao. However, De La Hoya still feels he has something left in the tank.
“I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it,” he said.
Similar to Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., De La Hoya will not return for an exhibition with headgear. He is preparing for a sanctioned bout.
“It’s a real fight,” he said.
At this time, it’s unclear when De La Hoya will return or who he will fight.