De La Hoya insists he only needs 2 rounds to beat McGregor in boxing

Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya gesture during a news conference for the bout between Canelo Alvarez and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on October 30, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — More than a decade since his retirement, former boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya still believes MMA superstar Conor McGregor wouldn’t stand a chance against him in a boxing match.

To be precise, De La Hoya said McGregor won’t last over a couple of rounds against him inside the ring event at his advanced age.

“Two rounds,” De La Hoya, who had predicted the same outcome in 2017, said recently in an episode of CBS Sports’ “State of Combat” podcast hosted by Brian Campbell.

In contrast to McGregor’s first and only boxing fight to date, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight king lasted for 10 rounds before Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat him by TKO in 2017.

The 47-year-old De La Hoya said what sets him different is his killer instinct, which would be a big reason why he would make quick work of McGregor.

“Oh, come on, brother. Two rounds. Because one thing about me, one thing about me, I went for the kill always. And look, Conor McGregor is – I love him in The Octagon. I respect him. I watch him all the time. But the boxing ring is a whole different story. It’s a whole different story.”

De La Hoya, a six-division champion and one of the best fighters of his generation, called it a career in April 2009 just four months after taking a beating at the hands of Manny Pacquiao.

Just last January, the 31-year-old McGregor made a triumphant return to

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ONE: Brandon Vera braces for tough challenge vs ‘real deal’ Bhullar

Brandon Vera. ONE Championship photos

MANILA, Philippines — Brandon Vera has never been challenged in the ONE heavyweight division.

In his first four fights so far, Vera hardly broke a sweat after finishing his opponents inside the opening round.

Vera, though, believes the trend of cakewalks could end soon when he defends the heavyweight world title against Canadian-Indian Arjan Bhullar.

“I’m very excited to be fighting Arjan Bhullar and to defend our ONE heavyweight world title. I think he is probably the best candidate to come face me,” Vera said in a story on the ONE Championship website.

“This guy is the real deal. I respect this guy tremendously. His wrestling is ridiculous. He comes from a school just like where I came from – huge pedigree.”

The 33-year-old Bhullar does have quite a wrestling resumé with a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a national team stint for Canada in the 2012 London Olympics.

Bhullar, who made a transition to mixed martial arts in 2014, has an MMA record of 10-1, including a unanimous decision win over Vera’s former challenger Mauro Cerilli in his ONE debut last October.

Bhullar may be known for his wrestling, but his boxing and conditioning are also some of the things Vera is also wary of.

“This guy has amazing boxing that nobody’s talking about,” the Filipino-American Vera said. “This guy’s boxing is ridiculous. His head movement is crisp. He’s fast, and he likes to stay in the pocket.”

“Arjan has more gas than most heavyweights, and that’s something really different about him,” he said “He knows how to pace himself. Most heavyweights don’t know how to pace themselves. I’m going to have to push and test and poke in different places that he is not used to.”

The 42-year-old Vera,

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All-time T20I XI: Rohit Sharma and Shahid Afridi feature in stellar line-up

It has been over 15 years since Australia beat Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in Auckland in what was the first ever T20I between two men’s teams. Since then, the format has taken cricket by storm and spearheaded a revolution that has seen various franchise leagues mushroom around the globe.

The fast-paced and high octane action in what is approximately a three-hour match makes the T20 format the perfect package to draw in new audiences to the sport. In its brief existence, the 20-over format has evolved at speed and has seen several players put their respective stamps on the game.

With cricket on a hiatus owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the opportunity to compile an all-time T20I XI. Only performances in internationals have been considered and the final XI has been deduced with some help from our Instagram followers.

PLAYERS CONSIDERED

Openers: David Warner, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle

Middle-order: JP Duminy, Eoin Morgan, Mohammad Hafeez, Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, AB de Villiers, Kane Williamson, Shoaib Malik

Wicketkeeper: MS Dhoni, Brendon McCullum, Umar Akmal

All-rounder: Shakib Al Hasan, Suresh Raina, Marlon Samuels, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo

Spinners: Rashid Khan, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Ajantha Mendis, Mohammad Nabi

Pacers: Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Dale Steyn, Umar Gul, Jasprit Bumrah, Nuwan Kulasekara

FINAL XI

Aaron Finch (Australia)

Appearances – 61

Role – Right-hand bat/Opener

Runs – 1989, Average – 38.25, SR – 155.87

While New Zealand’s Colin Munro has three T20I tons to his name, he is beaten to the spot by Aaron Finch due to the Australian’s superior consistency.

Finch’s average of over 38 helps him get the nod over his Australia opening partner David Warner as well. What stands out about Finch is the right-hander’s astonishing strike-rate of nearly 156, which has

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