De La Hoya: If I Had Wilder - He'd Be a Star, Joshua Would Beg

By Miguel Rivera

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya threw a tremendous verbal hook at the working team behind WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs).

De La HOya's company had promoted Wilder's first 33 fights and took him to a world title.

Their relationship ended in January of 2015, after Wilder captured the WBC title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 


Their relationship broke apart after Wilder's main manager, Al Haymon, parted ways with Golden Boy. Haymon parted ways with Golden Boy and took his entire stable of fighters to jump-start his Premier Boxing Champions banner, which staged their first event in March of the same year.

Since leaving Golden Boy, Wilder has made six defenses of the titles - with victories against Stiverne, Eric Molina, Artur Szpilka, Johann Duhaupas, Gerald Washington and Chris Arreola. Planned defenses against Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz fell apart due to failed pre-fight drug tests.

At the moment, one of the biggest fights in the sport is a heavyweight unification between Wilder and IBF, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) of the UK.

Wilder, who last Saturday night demolished Stiverne in the first round of their mandated rematch, has been actively chasing Joshua for a unification showdown.

De La Hoya believes Wilder should be a lot bigger right now. He says Golden Boy would have made him into a superstar by this point, and Joshua would be the one chasing Wilder for a fight and not the other way around. 

"I promoted Deontay Wilder during his first 33 fights and I made him a champion. If I were his promoter, he would be a star and Anthony Joshua would beg for the fight and not the way it is happening right now," said De La Hoya to ESPN Deportes.

If Wilder is unable to get Joshua in the ring, one of the frontrunners to face him in the first quarter of the New Year is Dominic Breazeale.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scipio2009 on 11-13-2017

[QUOTE=BigStomps;18205945]I'm giving Golden Boy promotions the credit. Not Oscar in particular.[/QUOTE] The Golden Boy Promotions, the company, that built Canelo is no longer there though. Schaefer was removed, his #2 was removed, I believe the matchmaker under Schaefer left, and…

Comment by BigStomps on 11-13-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18205855]Canelo blew up when Oscar wasn't there; if you want to keep giving Oscar credit for someone else's work, that's on you.[/QUOTE] I'm giving Golden Boy promotions the credit. Not Oscar in particular.

Comment by PensionKiller on 11-13-2017

AJ Makes around 20 Mil dollars per fight now. He wouldn't have to beg for anything. The one who is begging is Deon the NFL player

Comment by Scipio2009 on 11-13-2017

[QUOTE=BigStomps;18205492]You can spin it any way you want but the fact remains Canelo blew up under Golden Boy promotions. And as far as Al Haymon creating a star well I'm still waiting... Not saying he can't but I'm still waiting...[/QUOTE]…

Comment by BigStomps on 11-12-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18202818]Oscar didn't make Canelo though. He was already a budding star in Mexico and Schaefer/Floyd basically helped launch him in the US to stardom (where Oscar then showed up with the finished product, jumping to HBO). You can't earnestly give…

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