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Oscar De La Hoya, 47, resuming boxing career after 11-year retirement

Aug. 19 (UPI) — Oscar De La Hoya, 47, is planning to end his retirement and resume his boxing career after a 12-year hiatus.

De La Hoya, an 11-time champion who last fought 12 years ago, told ESPN on Wednesday that he is ready to end his retirement. He said he will begin sparring in the coming weeks.

“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” De La Hoya said.

De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) noted that he won’t be taking part in an exhibition fight. Last month, retired fighters Mike Tyson, 54, and Roy Jones Jr., 51, agreed to an eight-round exhibition bout that will happen Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

“It’s a real fight. I miss being in the ring,” he said. “I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and

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Mike Tyson to make boxing return in exhibition against Roy Jones Jr.

For the first time in over a decade, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will return to boxing.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Tyson, 54, will fight another former great Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exibition match on Sept. 12. The competition will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Ca., and feature undercards with boxers competing against mixed martial artists.

Tyson’s last official boxing match was on June 11, 2005. The loss to Kevin McBride was his third loss in four fights and marked the disappointing end to an otherwise illustrious career at 50-6-0 with 44 knockouts. Tyson has since found success in other avenues but rumors of his return began picking up once videos of recent sparring sessions started surfacing online.

Jones, 51, has traditionally competed in lighter weight classes than Tyson, but did win a title in his short time as a heavyweight. He’s

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