Boxing fans have expressed their concerns for legend Oscar De La Hoya following his appearance on the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren broadcast.
The fighter affectionately known as The Golden Boy joined the Triller broadcast team on Sunday afternoon (AEST) ahead of MMA star Frank Mir’s debut boxing clash with Steve Cunningham.
The fight promoter was involved in a live segment in the build-up to the showdown between YouTube star Jake Paul and former UFC fighter Ben Askren.
He appeared to lose his focus at times and showed worrying signs, according to an extraordinary reaction from the boxing community which resulted in the term “Oscar De La Hoya” trending on Twitter in the United States, The Sun reports.
It took just seconds into the interview before it became apparent the Olympian wasn’t completely sound of mind.
De La Hoya slurred his words at times and repeated himself on several occasions.
He has previously admitted to battling a drug and alcohol addiction that left many of his personal relationships in tatters and led him to contemplate suicide.
Viewers of the broadcast were quick to share their worries for the six-weight boxing world champion, who has previously admitted to abusing substances in the past.
One said: “Oscar De La Hoya looks like he’s been partying before and during this entire show.”
Another boxing said: “This is a train wreck with Oscar De La Hoya.”
And another said: “They need to get Oscar De La Hoya off the mic.”
De La Hoya, 48, is gearing up for a return to the ring in the summer – nearly 13 years after hanging up his gloves.
When asked about his July 3 comeback, De La Hoya said: “You can expect a f***ing real fight. A real fight.
“Whoever I pick to be my opponent. You bet your ass that I’m gonna be the best motherf****r out there.
“I always fought the very best, and I’m proud of that. And whoever it is, I’ve been retired for 14 years.
“But guess what I’m pick the very best.”
He added: “I don’t care who it is.
“I will fight until the end, I will bleed until the end. And I will go down to the end.”
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