Canelo, De La Hoya erupted ahead of Munguia fight

Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya erupted in a heated exchange at a news conference ahead of Canelo’s title bout against Jamie Munguia.

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Canelo, De La Hoya erupted

De La Hoya took the chance to fire shots at the Mexican fighter, who used to fight under his Golden Boy Promotions.

The boxing legend even referenced Canelo’s two failed drug tests, infuriating the WBC super middleweight champion.

The two had to be separated while Canelo confronted De La Hoya.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t respond to the man I used to promote,” De La Hoya said after the press conference. “He seems to have trouble remembering who helped him become a true global star.”

“To be clear, I have nothing but respect for Canelo Alvarez as a fighter. His record and abilities speak for themselves, but he has spent much of the last two months insulting me, rather than promoting this fight … The company you fought under for decades has always had one name, and it’s mine. So put some f***ing respect on it.”

Canelo’s exit with Golden Boy Promotions in 2020 was tumultuous, to say the least.

He even filed a lawsuit against De La Hoya alleging a breach of contract.

After the conference, Canelo, 33, said he would have punched De La Hoya if he came closer to him.

The boxing superstar even accused De La Hoya of stealing money from his fighters.

“He insulted me, and I don’t want to permit that,” Canelo said. “I will [punch him]. If he comes closer, I’d f*** him … He’s a f***ing a****le.”

“He tried to steal money from the fighters … He tried to steal my money from me … He’s a f***ing a****le. He don’t care about his fighters because he tried to bring all the attention to him.”

Nonetheless, Canelo will defend his title against Munguia on May 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.