Oscar De La Hoya: "It's just time to hang up the gloves"
By Johnny Benz (Feb 27, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
Boxing will be losing a massive star in the ring soon. Oscar De La Hoya has set his plans to fight three times this year, then retirement from the boxing ring.

At a press conference to help hype his upcoming battle with Steve Forbes set for May 3rd, De La Hoya (35) admitted he was at a point in his career where he can not take it any further.

"I'm at that stage of my career now where I can't take it further," said De La Hoya, adding: "I can't go on for the next two years, three years. It's just time to hang up the gloves."

"This is the year."

Retirement isn't something that De La Hoya has taken lightly. He admits to spending a lot of time thinking about it.

"I've been thinking about this for the longest time now, and now is the perfect year," De La Hoya added: "The fact that my body can still do it, the fact that my mind wants to do it."

"This is the perfect moment for me to hang up the gloves and be one of a few, or maybe be the only one, to do it right. I don't want to be categorized as an athlete who retired too early, then had to come back and fight one more time."

"I really want to go out with a big bang," said De La Hoya

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