Oscar De La Hoya Vs. Vitor Belfort On The Verge Of Being Sanctioned As An Official Fight

By: Hans Themistode At first, Oscar De La Hoya’s return to the ring was viewed as somewhat light-hearted. Although the former six-division world champion has been working hard in the gym to remove approximately 13 years of ring rust, his upcoming showdown against former MMA star Vitor Belfort was scheduled as an exhibition. Now, however, after claiming that he’s in the best shape of his life, De La Hoya has decided to make their contest a full-blown fight. “Triller Fight Club and My team have been working together to bring the most epic event boxing has seen in a long time,” said De La Hoya. “I decided if I was coming back it was for real, none of this exhibition stuff. Two warriors, one walks out the other doesn’t. Vitor Belfort is clearly a very tough MMA legend and while I’m sure he will give me a good run, a knockout is in my plan. “This isn’t that WWE theatrics we’ve been seeing in boxing lately, this is the real deal, a real fight with real knockouts for a real win. This is not to be missed as I’m in better shape than I was 15 years ago.” The last image of De La Hoya in a boxing ring wasn't a pretty picture. The 2014 Hall of Famer was pummeled by former eight-division champion, Manny Pacquiao. With only the second stoppage defeat of his career, De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) retired from the sport soon after. As news of De La Hoya vs. Belfort turning into an official fight has circulated, Andy Foster of the California State Athletic Commission has revealed that he is simply waiting on the medical results of both fighters before sanctioning the event. If everything goes according to plan, the two will face off in an eight-round, two-minute bout at 180 pounds. The event has officially landed in Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. While it may have come as somewhat of a surprise, Belfort is taking full advantage of this golden opportunity. Although the majority of his fighting experience has come on the mixed martial arts stage, Belfort has fought professionally in the boxing ring before. In 2006, the former MMA star stopped Josemario Neves in the first round for the only ring appearance of his career. With a chance to pick up arguably the biggest win of his life, Belfort isn't taking this moment lightly. According to the Brazilian, he’ll do whatever it takes to end the night with his hand raised in victory. Even if that means causing De La Hoya fatal damage. “Oscar De La Hoya is a true superstar in the boxing world and one of the greatest and most popular fighters of our time,” said Belfort. “While we both have a great deal of respect for each other’s accomplishments, on September 11, I will make my MMA fans proud to show that MMA and ex-UFC fighters can take down even the best boxer in the world. I hope I don’t end up killing him but everything is on the table. This is a no holds barred, all-out gladiator fight to the bitter end.” The post Oscar De La Hoya Vs. Vitor Belfort On The Verge Of Being Sanctioned As An Official Fight appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Oscar De La Hoya Vs. Vitor Belfort On The Verge Of Being Sanctioned As An Official Fight

By: Hans Themistode

At first, Oscar De La Hoya’s return to the ring was viewed as somewhat light-hearted. Although the former six-division world champion has been working hard in the gym to remove approximately 13 years of ring rust, his upcoming showdown against former MMA star Vitor Belfort was scheduled as an exhibition.

Now, however, after claiming that he’s in the best shape of his life, De La Hoya has decided to make their contest a full-blown fight.

“Triller Fight Club and My team have been working together to bring the most epic event boxing has seen in a long time,” said De La Hoya. “I decided if I was coming back it was for real, none of this exhibition stuff. Two warriors, one walks out the other doesn’t. Vitor Belfort is clearly a very tough MMA legend and while I’m sure he will give me a good run, a knockout is in my plan.

“This isn’t that WWE theatrics we’ve been seeing in boxing lately, this is the real deal, a real fight with real knockouts for a real win. This is not to be missed as I’m in better shape than I was 15 years ago.”

The last image of De La Hoya in a boxing ring wasn't a pretty picture. The 2014 Hall of Famer was pummeled by former eight-division champion, Manny Pacquiao. With only the second stoppage defeat of his career, De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) retired from the sport soon after.

As news of De La Hoya vs. Belfort turning into an official fight has circulated, Andy Foster of the California State Athletic Commission has revealed that he is simply waiting on the medical results of both fighters before sanctioning the event.

If everything goes according to plan, the two will face off in an eight-round, two-minute bout at 180 pounds. The event has officially landed in Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

While it may have come as somewhat of a surprise, Belfort is taking full advantage of this golden opportunity. Although the majority of his fighting experience has come on the mixed martial arts stage, Belfort has fought professionally in the boxing ring before. In 2006, the former MMA star stopped Josemario Neves in the first round for the only ring appearance of his career.

With a chance to pick up arguably the biggest win of his life, Belfort isn't taking this moment lightly. According to the Brazilian, he’ll do whatever it takes to end the night with his hand raised in victory. Even if that means causing De La Hoya fatal damage.

“Oscar De La Hoya is a true superstar in the boxing world and one of the greatest and most popular fighters of our time,” said Belfort. “While we both have a great deal of respect for each other’s accomplishments, on September 11, I will make my MMA fans proud to show that MMA and ex-UFC fighters can take down even the best boxer in the world. I hope I don’t end up killing him but everything is on the table. This is a no holds barred, all-out gladiator fight to the bitter end.”

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Jermell Charlo: “I Don’t Want To Become Undisputed By A Narrow Controversial Decision”

By: Sean Crose "Brian Castano is one hell of a better fighter than anyone gave him credit for and he came to fight for his life Saturday," Jermell Charlo has posted on Instagram, referring to his battle for the undisputed junior middleweight championship of the world last Saturday night. The fight between Charlo and Castano was just a terrific affair that was ultimately ruled a draw. Unfortunately, one of the three judges at ringside ruled so widely for Charlo that it put a damper on the entire affair, a sad addition to a great night of boxing, to be sure. "If fights are scored as a whole," Charlo continued, "I landed the harder and better shots, but boxing isn't scored that way.  Boxing is scored round by round.  I've always said to take a belt from a champion you need to take that belt and the judges felt neither of us did enough to take those other belts and they ruled a draw." Charlo then went on to once again show the attitude that watchers of the contemporary boxing scene have grown to admire about him. "I don't want to become undisputed by a narrow controversial decision," he said.  "I want to make a statement.  I didn't do my part to get the KO and as always I will continue to learn and improve." As for Castano, Charlo makes it clear in the post that there will indeed be a rematch. "When we run it back, just like I adjusted in Harrison II," he adds, "there will be no doubt about the result." For those who don't know, Charlo had previously lost to the awkward and focused Tony Harrison on the cards before coming back and defeating his man via thunderous knockout in their rematch. The Charlo in each of the two Harrison fights seemed like a different person. Castano appears as if he'd love nothing more than a rematch. And, to be sure, there's a sense of unsettled business about the whole affair now. Plus, it's something the fans would like to see and it would (most likely) reveal the truth king of the junior middleweight division. Although it's hard to tell if a second Charlo-Castano match will come right away, it's difficult seeing either fighter being pleased with things as they now stand. That sort of thing simply doesn't appear to be in either man's nature. Which, frankly, is a pleasure to see in a world of safety-first boxing. The post Jermell Charlo: “I Don’t Want To Become Undisputed By A Narrow Controversial Decision” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Jermell Charlo: “I Don’t Want To Become Undisputed By A Narrow Controversial Decision”

By: Sean Crose

"Brian Castano is one hell of a better fighter than anyone gave him credit for and he came to fight for his life Saturday," Jermell Charlo has posted on Instagram, referring to his battle for the undisputed junior middleweight championship of the world last Saturday night. The fight between Charlo and Castano was just a terrific affair that was ultimately ruled a draw. Unfortunately, one of the three judges at ringside ruled so widely for Charlo that it put a damper on the entire affair, a sad addition to a great night of boxing, to be sure.

"If fights are scored as a whole," Charlo continued, "I landed the harder and better shots, but boxing isn't scored that way.  Boxing is scored round by round.  I've always said to take a belt from a champion you need to take that belt and the judges felt neither of us did enough to take those other belts and they ruled a draw." Charlo then went on to once again show the attitude that watchers of the contemporary boxing scene have grown to admire about him. "I don't want to become undisputed by a narrow controversial decision," he said.  "I want to make a statement.  I didn't do my part to get the KO and as always I will continue to learn and improve."

As for Castano, Charlo makes it clear in the post that there will indeed be a rematch. "When we run it back, just like I adjusted in Harrison II," he adds, "there will be no doubt about the result." For those who don't know, Charlo had previously lost to the awkward and focused Tony Harrison on the cards before coming back and defeating his man via thunderous knockout in their rematch. The Charlo in each of the two Harrison fights seemed like a different person.

Castano appears as if he'd love nothing more than a rematch. And, to be sure, there's a sense of unsettled business about the whole affair now. Plus, it's something the fans would like to see and it would (most likely) reveal the truth king of the junior middleweight division. Although it's hard to tell if a second Charlo-Castano match will come right away, it's difficult seeing either fighter being pleased with things as they now stand. That sort of thing simply doesn't appear to be in either man's nature. Which, frankly, is a pleasure to see in a world of safety-first boxing.

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