Legendary boxer-turned-promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, never seems to have Canelo’s name far from his lips, but this time he is going after the Mexican’s promoter, Eddie Hearn.
De La Hoya believes the fact that Hearn made the fight between Canelo and Dmitry Bivol, which the Mexican went on to lose, was a terrible idea.
That’s easy to say with hindsight, considering prior to the fight Canelo was a huge favourite, but De La Hoya does make the point that even in victory there was little to gain for the man who was known as the pound-for-pound king of boxing, considering that Bivol had a relatively small profile going into the contest.
“The fact that the promoter of this event pushed Bivol on Canelo, it was the dumbest move in boxing history … it’s not knowing boxing.” De La Hoya told USA Today Sportsin reference to Hearn.
“It was the stupidest move … whoever allowed Canelo to fight Bivol. I would’ve never allowed Canelo to fight Bivol.
“Look exactly at what happened. Canelo’s on the top of the world. He’s the king. Why fight a guy that if Canelo fights ten times, he loses ten times? And he has 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 the biggest and best fight for his career is.
“This was a terrible fight for Canelo’s career. Styles make fights. Bivol’s a great fighter. And nobody knew who Bivol was before this fight. People were not even thinking of Bivol.”
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De La Hoya used to promote Canelo under the Golden Boy promotional banner, but the pair split on bad terms, with Canelo suing the Hall-of-Famer and telling him to “go f*** yourself” over 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 in 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 repair their relationship, although Hearn will have most likely seen it as a sly dig, as he said on Twitter, “It isn’t too late (yet) to switch back to the best promoter.”
Both Canelo and Bivol have expressed interest in a rematch and the Russian wants it at 168 lbs so he has the chance to become the undisputed super middleweight champion.
De La Hoya agrees that Canelo should return to 168 lbs, but he does not believe a Bivol rematch should be the chosen route.
“We obviously promoted Canelo and were successful.” De La Hoya said, “The next move, if I were his promoter, is to go back to 168 (lbs), where you’re the champion.
“Have ‘GGG’ (Gennady Golovkin) move up to 168, knock him out and be on top of the world again.”
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