By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime
Fightnews.com caught up with promoter Oscar De La Hoya Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles. The “Golden Boy” spoke about his return to the spotlight after taking time to deal with personal demons, his reconciliation with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, his reaction to Adrien Broner, and…oh yes, Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.
“When I was said I was back, I meant I was off the canvas and up for victory,” said De la Hoya, “everything happens for a reason. Nobody is perfect.”
Oscar is on the upswing now. You can see it in his eyes, words and demeanor. He recently had a new addition to the family as his wife Millie gave birth to their daughter Victoria. “She and all my kids represent everything. They are my life,” he beamed.
Despite all the bumps in the road, De la Hoya has some big ideas. He recently mentioned his interest in becoming part owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers with the team likely going up for sale after owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the league after a tape of Sterling making racist remarks was released by TMZ.
“I am a fellow Angeleno,” commented Oscar. “This is my home…I am letting the public know and the NBA that I along with a group are available to be part owners.”
Oscar was asked about former world champion Adrien Broner’s f-bomb filled postfight comments this past weekend after his unanimous decision win over Carlos Molina. The WBC will drop Broner from its ratings as a result.
“What are we going to do with Adrien Broner? I didn’t like what he said and at the moment I was shocked. What we can do is find someone to beat him in the ring and hopefully beat him soon,” De la Hoya stated.
(Note: on Twitter Oscar comments on Broner were a little more blunt, telling a fan “…believe me I’m pissed!! He’s an idiot.”)
Regarding the July 12 Canelo-Lara PPV that Oscar is currently on a four city tour to promote, he stated “Erislandy Lara is a dangerous fighter but Canelo has demonstrated that he has the pride and guts to get in the ring with a dangerous fighter. This is why its “Honor and Glory.”
Finally, Oscar also shared about his intentions on ending the so called “Cold War of Boxing” between his company Golden Boy Promotions and Arum’s Top Rank. It was widely reported and confirmed this past weekend that De La Hoya met with his former promoter.
“Our company and Top Rank, I spoke to Bob Arum to thank him for what he’s done for me in my career,” de la Hoya said. “Perhaps the next time we meet it will be about business for the good of the sport for the fans. We want to have the best fights, the best vs. the best,” he concluded.
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