Boxing news: Oscar de la Hoya slams IBF decision to strip Canelo Alvarez of title, Joe Cordina set to fight Gavin Gwynne

2 Aug brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of boxing…

Oscar de la Hoya slams IBF decision

Oscar De La Hoya ‘stupid’ over comeback plans, says Liverpool boxer
De la Hoya has slammed the decision to strip Canelo of his IBF title

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya has slammed IBF’s decision to strip Canelo Alvarez of his middleweight title.

Alvarez defeated Daniel Jacobs in May because but was stripped of the IBF championship as he failed to agree a mandatory defence against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

De la Hoya launched a scathing attack on the decision, claiming it “validates already existing concerns about the credibility of the IBF championship”.

He added: “This is an insult to boxing and more importantly an insult to the boxing fans of the world.”

Joe Cordina set to fight Gavin Gwynne

(6-0) Joe Cordina v Hakim Ben Ali (19-5) – 10 Rounds, Lightweight
Cordina’s next fight has been announced

Joe Cordina will defend his British and Commonwealth lightweight titles against Gavin Gwynne in a mouth-watering battle of Wales.

Cordina stopped Andy Townend inside six rounds to add the British title to his Commonwealth belt at The O2 in April

Gwynne, a former St Joseph’s stablemate of Cordina, is undefeated in 11 professional fights and picked up the Welsh lightweight title against Henry Janes in December 2017.

Gennady Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko agree fight

Golovkin has agreed his next fight and it’s against Derevyanchenko

Gennady Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko have already agreed a deal to fight for the vacant IBF middleweight title, held by Canelo Alvarez until the IBF decision made on Friday, according to Boxing Scene.

Derevyanchenko is the mandatory challenge and he knew in advance that Golovkin was next in the rankings.

The report states the could happen as soon as October 5, but may be moved to November.

Justin Bieber calls out Tom Cruise for MMA fight, Conor McGregor and Oscar De La Hoya offer to host

10 Jun

Justin Bieber has bizarrely challenged Tom Cruise to a celebrity MMA fight out of the blue.

The world famous singer/songwriter called out the equally renowned actor/producer on social media, late on Sunday night.

Justin Bieber wants to fight Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is yet to respond

“I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon,” Bieber posted.

“Tom, if you don’t take this fight, you’re scared and you will never live it down.

“Who is willing to put on the fight? Dana White?”

His question received multiple responses from both the boxing and MMA worlds with Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya throwing his hat into the ring as a potential host.

Also showing an interest was UFC star Conor McGregor, who replied: “If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout.

“Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out.”

He later added: “I challenge Mark Wahlberg on the very same card.

“Back when Mark Wahlberg was ‘Marky Mark’, I would’ve still slapped the ears off him and took my UFC shares back.”

‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Rocky Fielding: Oscar de la Hoya ‘a little worried’ for Mexican ahead of Madison Square Garden fight

13 Dec

Oscar de la Hoya admits he is ‘a little worried’ for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ahead of his world title fight with Rocky Fielding on Saturday.

The Golden Boy Promotions chief will be in the front row when Fielding defends his WBA super-middleweight title at Madison Square Garden.

Rocky Fielding has a massive height, reach and weight advantage over Canelo

Canelo has never competed at 168lbs before and is jumping up from middleweight after back-to-back fights with Gennady Golovkin.

Although he is giving away a huge height and reach advantage to Fielding, the Mexican is still seen as the favourite due to his achievements in the lower weight classes.

However, De la Hoya does not believe his man can afford any complacency.

“The fact he is moving up in weight is dangerous,” De la Hoya told BBC Sport.

The Mexican drew and then beat fellow middleweight star Gennady Golovkin

“Fielding is naturally big.”

“If a fighter feels comfortable that he will win easily, against a guy who no-one knows, it can be very dangerous.

“Canelo has to be sharp, focused and in shape, because Rocky is coming in with everything and has nothing to lose.

“I am a little worried about this fight, but I think it will be great.”

The Scouser beat Tyron Zuege in July to win the WBA super-middleweight ‘regular’ belt

Having competed professionally since the age of 15, Canelo is considered to be one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time.

The 28-year-old’s only defeat came against Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013, a fight he has openly admitted he would like to take again.

Despite coming into the fight as a 9/1 underdog, Fielding is confident he can shock the world and retain his title.

“I have prepared mentally and can’t be star struck and pinch myself at who I am fighting – that won’t work,” The 31-year-old said.

“I know all I’m up against.

“It’s at my weight I’m comfortable at; he’s stepping up. I’ll be naturally stronger at the weight. That gives me confidence.”


Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz III: Oscar De La Hoya press conference to promote trilogy leaves everyone feeling awkward

21 Nov

It was suppose to get fight fans excited.

Two MMA legends – Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz – are fighting this weekend, but Oscar De La Hoya made it awkward for everyone involved.

Remember, it’s two UFC hall-of-famers completing the trilogy, but the former boxer-turned-promoter took to the stage and appeared unprepared to promote his first Golden Boy MMA event.

Basically, the 45-year-old didn’t appear to have a clue and fans were either left in hysterics or watching him talk from behind the sofa, so cringe-worthy was the whole thing.

Liddell and Ortiz first fought at UFC 47, where the former won by knockout and he did the same in their second fight – at UFC 66 – for the light heavyweight belt. They’ve long since departed the UFC, with the third fight taking place at The Forum in California on 24 November.

Here’s the press conference in full.