Oscar De La Hoya: 'It's not a win-win for Canelo'

Oscar De La Hoya has continued his critique of Canelo Alvarez, saying that his upcoming fight with Jermell Charlo leaves the current undisputed super-middleweight world champion in a lose-lose situation. Canelo surprised the boxing industry earlier this month after announcing that he will face the current undisputed super-welterweight world champion following the Mexican switching from Matchroom Boxing to Premier Boxing Champions. The contest between the pair will take place in September and be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya, the undisputed super-middleweight world champion former promoter, sees his former prodigy in a lose-lose situation. At the same time, Charlo is in a position where he has everything to gain. “From my expertise’s opinion…moving up two weight classes—I mean, first of all, I take my hat off to Charlo for doing that,” De La Hoya told FightHubTV. “I understand that it’s a great payday for him, and obviously, he took that into consideration when making that decision to fight Canelo. But it’s going to be a tough task. I mean, two weight divisions are historical; if he wins, and two weight divisions, if he loses, he has the perfect excuse. ‘Hey, I moved up two weight divisions.’ So, it’s a win-win for Charlo, I believe. But I don’t think Canelo wins anything by beating Charlo.” “It doesn’t make him look bad. … I just think that it’s not a win-win for Canelo, that’s it,” De La Hoya continued. “It’s almost kind of like a ‘alright, lemme win this fight and let’s sharpen up the tools so I can face Benavidez or I can face, you know, the tougher guys.’