Legendary boxer-turned-promoter Oscar De La Hoya never seems to get Canelo’s name off his lips, but this time he’s going after Mexican promoter Eddie Hearn.
De La Hoya thinks the fact that Hearn made the fight between Canelo and Dmitry Bivol, which the Mexican then lost, was a terrible idea.
It’s easy to say in hindsight, given that before the fight Canelo was a heavy favorite, but De La Hoya points out that even in victory there was little to gain for the man who was known as the pound-for-pound king of boxing, given that Bivol had a relatively small profile before the contest.
“The fact that the promoter of this event pushed Bivol on Canelo, that was the dumbest move in boxing history…that’s not knowing boxing.” De La Hoya told USA Today Sports, in reference to Hearn.
“It was the dumbest move…the one that allowed Canelo to fight Bivol. I would never have allowed Canelo to fight Bivol.
“Look exactly what happened. Canelo is on top of the world. He’s the king. Why fight a guy that if Canelo fights ten times he loses ten times? And he’s got nothing to gain. Nothing to win. Nobody knew Bivol.
“It’s (the promoter’s) job to guide a fighter’s career. It’s your job to know what’s the best move, to see what’s the biggest and best fight for his career.
“It was a terrible fight for Canelo’s career. Styles make fights. Bivol is a great fighter. And nobody knew who Bivol was before that fight. People weren’t even thinking about Bivol.
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De La Hoya used to promote Canelo under the Golden Boy promotional banner, but the couple parted ways on bad terms, with Canelo suing the Hall of Famer and telling him to “fuck you” on Twitter.
Canelo has since been a free agent, but he recently signed a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, with Bivol being the first fight on the deal.
Immediately after Canelo suffered what was only the second loss of his career, De La Hoya appeared to extend an olive branch to the Mexican in an attempt to mend their relationship, although Hearn most likely saw it as a sneaky search, as he said. on Twitter, “It’s not (yet) too late to return to the top promoter.”
Canelo and Bivol have both expressed interest in a rematch and the Russian wants him at 168lbs so he has the chance to become the undisputed super middleweight champion.
De La Hoya agrees that Canelo should return to 168lbs, but he doesn’t think a Bivol rematch should be the chosen path.
“We obviously promoted Canelo and succeeded.” De La Hoya said, “The next step, if I was his promoter, is to get back to 168 (lbs), where you’re the champion.
“Raise ‘GGG’ (Gennady Golovkin) to 168, knock him out and be on top of the world again.”
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