Canelo Alvarez has warned Oscar De La Hoya the boxing ring is a ‘different world’ to what he experienced as talk of a comeback continues to grow.
The 47-year-old has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in December 2008, but appears inspired by Mike Tyson’s successful return.
And the former world champion isn’t just planning to fight anyone. No, De La Hoya has Gennady Golovkin in his sights and even claimed GGG represents an ‘easy’ comeback fight.
“You know how easy GGG would be for me? Oh, my gosh. It would be a high-profile fight, that’s for sure.
“I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him. In my mind it would be that easy. I would definitely consider it, that’s for sure.”
Golovkin, who destroyed Kamil Szeremeta on Friday night, responded to De La Hoya’s claim by insisting he could ‘legally kill’ him in the ring.
“You know Oscar, you know how dirty his mouth is,” he said.
“Everything involving Gennady Golovkin for him is a nightmare.
“He can say whatever. But let me put it this way – If I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it.”
Canelo, who beat Golovkin in September 2018 and is preparing to fight Callum Smith, remained coy when asked about the war of words between De La Hoya – his former promoter – and old rival.
He told SiriusXM Boxing: “I really have no words for that. It’s very easy to say stuff, but once you’re in the ring, it’s a different world.”
His comments were echoed by Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who warned of the dangerous position De La Hoya could find himself in.
“Any guy who comes back after a long period of inactivity and, quite frankly enjoying himself for a long period of time, you don’t want to get in the ring with Gennady Golovkin,” he told DAZN.