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