Gennady Golovkin has sent a terrifying warning to boxing legend Oscar de La Hoya over the possibility of coming out of retirement to face GGG.
The 47-year-old legendary boxer has been retired since 2008, following his loss to Manny Pacquiao, but recently said he wanted to come out of retirement and claimed he could beat Golovkin.
“Do you know how easy he would be for me? Oh, my gosh,” the Golden Boy promoter said of a fight with the Kazakh, “I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him. In my mind it would be that easy.”
Golovkin fights on Friday night and, speaking ahead of his latest title defence, has sent a very scary warning to De La Hoya.
“You know Oscar, you know how dirty his mouth is,” the IBF middleweight champion said, “Everything involving Gennady Golovkin for him is a nightmare.
“He can say whatever. But let me put it this way – if I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it.”
De La Hoya lost to Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao in two of his final three fights before retiring, with the Mexican’s corner calling the final fight off in the eighth round after he’d taken a beating.
Following the fight Pacquaio’s trainer Freddie Roach said, “We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot.”
The former six weight world champion replied to Roach saying, “You’re right, Freddie. I don’t have it anymore. My heart still wants to fight, that’s for sure, but when your physical doesn’t respond, what can you do? I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future plans.”
This year though he has said he’s serious about returning to the ring and only against one of the ‘top guys.’
De La Hoya and Golovkin were involved with each other during the eastern European’s two fights against Canelo Alvarez, who was represented by Golden Boy at the time.
The Kazakh is focusing on his fight against Kamil Szeremeta this week for now and, talking about the fight, said, “It was a long pause. There was enough time to miss boxing and forget certain things. The training was good. I went through my standard training and it went well and I’m ready.”
Whether a win leads him to a fight with his verbal sparring partner remains to be seen.