Former six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya is less than two weeks away from his boxing return.
De La Hoya, 48-years-old, will return to the ring for the first time since 2008, when he was stopped by Manny Pacquiao.
The Golden Boy Promotions CEO will face former UFC world champion Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort in the main event of a Triller pay-per-view set for Saturday, September 11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
De La Hoya explains that he never wanted to retire in the aftermath of his loss to Pacquiao.
“Call me crazy but I just miss it, I missed getting hit and doing the hitting. I wasn’t ready to retire after I lost to Manny Pacquiao. I never felt like I was in wars so in boxing you’re just as old as how you feel," De La Hoya said.
“I went through hell and back treating my body wrong but these last six months I feel amazing. I refocused myself and rededicated myself and I’m actually doing this for me, I can’t wait.”
De La Hoya has never fought beyond the middleweight weight limit of 160, but he's going 25-pounds north for the contest with Belfort.
“The weight limit is 185 but I’m going to come in at 175, strong like an ox. I’m at 180 right now. I’m the underdog because the bettors don’t believe in me but I finally put the train back on the rails," De La Hoya said.
“I’m not a betting man or a gambler but I would put a lot of money on me. I’m going to surprise people on how I do it. I’ve been training smart, I’ve been very motivated in training since we opened camp.”