By John Cannon
Three years ago, Harlingen’s James De La Rosa (21-1, 12 KO’s) signed with Don King Productions in hopes that he would move up in the ranks of the 154-pound weight class and quite possibly get a title shot. Fast forward to August 8th of 2012 and De La Rosa has decided to not renew his contract due to the fact that he has only been involved in two fights while signed with King Productions.
“This was truly three years down the drain for me,” said De La Rosa. “We were made promises that were not kept and it was frustrating to me.” According to Pete De La Rosa, James’s father, the terms of the contract were for two fights a year over the three-year period and that James would be in line for a title shot.
“The options didn’t meet our expectations and we decided to cut ties and move on,” said De La Rosa. “King would offer us fights and then for some reason, they would seem to always fall through.”
“Some of the names we were offered consisted of Michel Rosales and even a fight against Saul Alvarez. But the fights never panned out and James was left sitting and waiting. These past three years really slowed down James’s progress and it was truly a learning experience for him.”
Now that De La Rosa is out of his contract, he plans to sit down with his manager/trainer Danny Smith and look at a few offers on the table.
“Danny has told me that there have been some offers and we will go over them and see which one is the best one for me,” said De La Rosa. “I still have a lot of fight in me and my plan is to become a world champion.”
“I know I can get back on track and where I was before. I am hungry and can’t wait to step into that squared circle again. Also, I am planning on moving back down to the 147-pound weight class. The reason for that is because I feel I would be more active in that weight class and would be a bigger and stronger 147-pound fighter.”