In a report first mentioned on ESPN Deportes, Diego De La Hoya is back in action and has his eyes set on the prize. That prize being a chance at a 122-pound title.
In an interview with ESPN after finishing his practice session in Indio, California, Diego weighed in at 131 pounds, just five pounds over the weight limit for the title but stated he was anxious to return to the ring after not fighting since June of last year.
“I’m happy to fight and fight for the first time in Mexico, I want to give them a good fight, this time we are going to fight at 126 pounds, but I want to return at 122 pounds, I feel strong at 122 pounds, I had a stumble, but my goal is to be a 122-pound champion, at 126 it’s fine to go back, but I want to show that I can go down again, I do not want to start again in featherweight, “said Diego to ESPN.
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Last November, when he even fainted while trying to make weight to fight in his native Mexicali, which him to cancel the fight planned, he acknowledged that he was scared at that time.
“I had severe dehydration, an infection in the kidneys and I feared for my life, they talked about dialysis, I was shocked, I was hospitalized for a few days but fortunately everything went well. Now my approach is better, both inside and outside the ring, I was not giving the 100 percent and now I’m giving everything, I want to make up for lost time,” said De La Hoya.
Diego (21-0,10 KOs) is back in next next Saturday for the first time since stopping Jose Salgado last June as part of the of Jaime Munguia-Dennis Hogan card in Mexico which can be seen on the streaming service DAZN. He is going up against Enrique Bernache (24-12, 12 KOs) who is looking to rebound after losing two straight.