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Exclusive Interview With Oscar De La Hoya on Devin Haney and Rolando Romero Negotiations

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Exclusive Interview With Oscar De La Hoya on Devin Haney and Rolando Romero Negotiations

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Exclusive Interview With Oscar De La Hoya on Devin Haney and Rolando Romero Negotiations

Following the confirmation of Ryan Garcia vs. Devin Haney for April 20 – the Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya has spoken in an exclusive interview with Dan Rafael on the Fight Freaks Unite/Big Fight Weekend podcast. During the interview, De La Hoya talks negotiations for the Haney fight, the failed Rolando Romero talks and some brilliant nostalgia regarding “The Golden Boy” vs. Ike Quartey.

Oscar De La Hoya Talks Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia Negotiations

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Oscar De La Hoya Reveals Romero Talks

When reflecting on the April 20 fight between Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney, Oscar De La Hoya said: “It’s going to be one of those events that you’re going to remember where you were, the night of the special fight on 4/20.” He also revealed regarding the venue: “We do not know where, but it will be in Vegas.

Rafael then asked De La Hoya about the negotiations for the fight, and he revealed the original plan was to have a fight with Rolando Romero. “We were trying to make Rolly vs. Ryan Garcia.” He continued: “We were making offers back and forth.”

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Speaking on the offer made to Rolly: “We offered him a ridiculous amount of money.” De La Hoya then spoke on his dealings with Bill Haney and making the fight for April 20: “It was almost zero drama. He was literally a treasure to work with.”

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Hear Dan’s full conversation with Oscar De La Hoya on the “Fight Freaks Unite Podcast” by clicking play below,

The Golden Boy founder revealed how pleased he is that two fighters in their prime are prepared to fight each other. He also described the financial pull of Garcia: “Ryan Garcia is still making more money than any other fighter in his weight class, including Tank Davis.

Speaking on the recent public confrontation between Haney and Garcia -which saw Garcia and Haney’s push and shove nearly descend into a brawl: “I really feel they have a real animosity towards each other. I really do think there’s like bad blood there.

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ike Quartey Nostalgia

“The Golden Boy” was asked about his win over Ike Quartey by split decision to retain his WBC welterweight title on Feb 13, 1999: “I think it was one of the funnest times I’ve had in the ring. Literally, because what people don’t know is I actually got cut on my right eye about two weeks before training camp (before the fight).” He continued: “It was a bad, bad cut.” He added: “They didn’t let me spar. They didn’t let me train because the cut might reopen.”

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When asked how much he wanted that stoppage against Quartey, he said: “Oh my gosh, I don’t know what I could have done.” He continued: I hit him with like 30 unanswered punches.

At the end of the interview, De La Hoya spoke about wanting to be recognised in the Hall of Fame for his promotional achievements and said: “I’m gonna push for these big fights. I’m gonna continue to do what I do best, and that’s love the sport of boxing.” 

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