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47-Year-Old Boxing Legend Comes Out Of Retirement, Amir Khan Calls Him Out

47-Year-Old Boxing Legend Comes Out Of Retirement, Amir Khan Calls Him Out

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed he's sensationally returning to the sport with Amir Khan calling for a showdown.

De La Hoya, 47, plans to follow in the footsteps of fellow boxing icon Mike Tyson as he eyes a comeback, 11 years after retiring.

And Khan, who worked with De La Hoya at Golden Boy Promotions, wants to welcome him back to the squared circle.

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He called out the former multi-weight world champion on social media.

"I heard @OscarDeLaHoya is thinking of making a come back. Oscar Dela Hoya Vs Amir Khan," he tweeted.

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Khan, 33, last fought in July 2019 when he stopped Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia.

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De La Hoya, meanwhile, hasn't fought since his crushing defeat to Manny Pacquiao in December 2008.

But speaking to ESPN, he announced his shock return to boxing.

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"The rumors are true, and I'm going to start sparring in the next few weeks," he revealed.

Unlike Tyson, De La Hoya will have a "real" fight rather than an exhibition bout.

"It's a real fight," he added. "I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.

"Look, my last fight with Pacquiao, I weighed in at 145 and obviously that was a shell of myself.

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"Look, it's been a long time, yes. But actually my jab feels faster than ever. I have to make sure that my conditioning is perfect, my health is good. And that's going to take place in the next few weeks. So we'll see."

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De La Hoya rose to fame when he won an Olympic gold medal in Barcelona in 1992.

He then turned professional and won 11 world titles across six weight classes. He has a pro record of 39-6.

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Topics: Mike Tyson, oscar de la hoya, Boxing News, Boxing, Amir Khan, Fight News

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Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.