December 15, 1999
The De La Hoya press conference was a big bore. They held the
conference in the Theatre at MSG, formally the Felt Forum. Currently, "A Christmas
Carol " is on stage there, so the entire theatre is transformed into a Dickens's
Had it not been for Lou Dibella's (the only man on the dais with a
personality) quip that he had seen the Ghost of Christmas past trying to
visit Seth Abraham seated in the Audience, the event would have passed without
much ado at all.
So, Oscar De La Hoya is set to fight Derrell Coly on Feb 26, 2000 at Madison
Square Garden. There seems to be only two points of interest here and one
1- Derrell Coly has passed up a title fight with Felix Trinidad to cash in
on the big bucks (a cool million) and fight the erstwhile golden boy, Oscar DeLa Hoya.
2- This is a return trip of Oscar to MSG. His last performance here was four
years ago in a non-competitive match against Jesse James Lieja. That night, 16,000 Oscar
fans showed up to see Oscar. This is precisely what Bob Arum wants Don King to know: that with or
without a title the fans will come to see Oscar (as in not Felix). And so
they will come again to witness Senor Muy Guapo in an equally uninteresting
bout against Derrell Coly .
Oh, they did feebly try to hype this fight. Coley played the forgotten
victim. "It's about time" he said. "I've been waiting for you for a long
time, thanks for showing up. Is it really you?' Blah, blah blah, and "I'll
show you Feb. 26th I am the man." I would have punctuated is last statement
with an exclamation point but that wouldn't convey to you the lack of lustre
in his speech.
Oscar did his part in hyping Coley as a formidable opponent. But he also
took the opportunity to throw a few jabs at Felix Trinidad "Nobody wants to
fight Derrell Coly because his is dangerous. Even more dangerous than Felix
Trinidad . . .OUCH!
And here's one for the judges: "I will return to my old style. You will not
see me boxing on my toes. I can stand and take a punch. It's too bad that no
one appreciates the art of boxing anymore. But you can't let the judges
juggle your career around" Umph! And so he pledges to stand toe-to-toe in
this next bout. Ta dah.
The punchline by now should be obvious. The inevitable rematch between
Trinidad and De La Hoya is near. The lines have been drawn. Muscles are flexed
and it's Oscar that the people come to see.
Translation, "yo queiro mucho dinero para jugar contigo" dice Oscar De La Hoya .