Tuesday 23 January 2018

Oscar De La Hoya speaks to Ronda Rousey over a potential stint in professional boxing

UFC Strawweight Champion Ronda Rousey
UFC Strawweight Champion Ronda Rousey

Tom Rooney

Ten-time world champion boxer-turned promoter Oscar De La Hoya claims to have already held discussions with the UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey about the possibility of her moving from the octagon to the ring.

De La Hoya, who is the founder of Golden Boy Promotions, told Fight Hub that he and the undefeated Rousey had spoken about a potential switch in combat codes after she has finished with mixed martial arts.

Rousey is the first and only women to hold the UFC’s 135lbs strap and has defeated all but one of her 12 opponents inside the first round. She won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and, along with Conor McGregor, is the most bankable and transcendent star MMA has ever seen.

According to De La Hoya, the Californian has all the necessary attributes to continue the trend of domination in boxing.

“We’ve discussed it,” he told Fight Hub. “And whenever she’s ready to step into the ring as a boxer, then obviously Golden Boy Promotions will be right there with her.

“She’s tough. She’s really good – speed, power and instinct, which is very important. She dares to be great. That’s the difference with a lot offighters. She takes the risks, and that’s what I love about her.”

Oscar de la Hoya
Oscar de la Hoya

While a majority of Rousey’s victories have been facilitated by world-class grappling, her striking prowess has markedly improved under the tutelage of Edmond Tarverdyan.

For her next defence, she has been matched with Holly Holm, a former multiple-time world boxing champion who, on paper at least, should enjoy a significant advantage over Rousey in that department, though Holm remains a massive underdog.

The pair meet at UFC 193 on November 14 at the Ethiad Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

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