Former Mexican-American boxer Oscar De La Hoya had some choice words for Canelo Álvarez during a recent interview with Fight Hub TV. Apparently, De La Hoya criticized Álvarez’s choice not to fight Mexican boxers. This is because back in September, Álvarez told USA Today Sports that he did not want to fight Mexican fighters out of respect for his country.
Speaking to Fight Hub TV, De La Hoya criticized Álvarez’s choice.
“As a fan, I don’t like the fact that Canelo is beating the drum, saying he doesn’t want to fight Mexican fighters,” said De La Hoya. “I don’t really understand it because when you’re the best, you fight the best, no matter what. I think that any Mexican fighter out there that has a name and that has a record and has a world title can be very dangerous for Canelo.” He went on to suggest that “a fight against Jaime Munguia would be perfect for both guys.”
De La Hoya’s point can be well taken. Álvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs), fought a myriad of his countrymen while building his career as an extremely popular fighter in Mexico. As a result of his success, however, Álvarez has seemingly decided to tactically build his reputation as a representative for his country, even if there are up-and-coming boxers who could compete with him in the ring. Álvarez is world famous now, illustrated by his popularity and appearance in Hollywood blockbusters like Creed III.
This criticism by Oscar De La Hoya may also be a tactical move on his part. The aforementioned Munguia is a 40-0 middleweight champion who just so happens to be represented by his own promotional firm Golden Boy Promotions.