De La Hoya: I can take out Mc­Gre­gor in two rounds

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Box­ing Hall of Famer Os­car De La Hoya re­mains con­fi­dent that he still can han­dle him­self in the ring.

De La Hoya, who is nearly a decade into re­tire­ment, said on Mon­day that he had been “se­cretly train­ing” and called out UFC star Conor Mc­Gre­gor.

“You know I’m com­pet­i­tive,” the 44-year-old De La Hoya said.

“I still have it in me... I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor Mc­Gre­gor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more (fight). I’m call­ing him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m go­ing to say.”

A 1992 Olympic gold medal win­ner and 10-time pro­fes­sional world cham- pion, De La Hoya cap­tured ti­tles at 130, 135, 140, 147, 154 and 160 pounds. He won bouts against Hall of Famers Julio Ce­sar Chavez (twice), Per­nell Whitaker and Ar­turo Gatti. He also fought other greats, in­clud­ing Felix Trinidad, Hec­tor Ca­ma­cho sr, Bernard Hop­kins, Floyd May­weather jr, Shane Mosley (twice) and Manny Pac­quiao.

De La Hoya has not fought since drop­ping a one-sided eighth-round knock­out loss to Manny Pac­quiao on De­cem­ber 6, 2008. He went 39-6 with 30 knock­outs in his ca­reer and was in­ducted into the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Hall of Fame in 2014.

Mc­Gre­gor, 29, lost a 10th-round knock­out to Floyd May­weather on Au­gust 26. De La Hoya was quite vo­cal head­ing into that bout, say­ing it was a “cir­cus” and a “farce”. – Reuters

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