ODLH: Conditioning's the Key

ODLH: Conditioning's the Key

Post by Paul Dalrympl » Sat, 20 May 2000 04:00:00


Friday, May 19, 2000

Oscar's restored outlook
Oscar De La Hoya is relying on conditioning to provide confidence for his
fight with Shane Mosley.

By Kevin Iole, Las Vegas Review-Journal

      BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. -- It was a fight he appeared to be winning,
rather easily. For eight rounds, Oscar De La Hoya was having his way with
Felix Trinidad and seemed on the way to a shockingly simple victory Sept. 18
in what was billed as the "Fight of the Millennium."

      A funny thing happened to De La Hoya on the way to that triumph,
though.

      "I lost my confidence," De La Hoya said Thursday.

      De La Hoya, who will fight Shane Mosley on June 17 at Los Angeles'
Staples Center in a welterweight championship match that figures to be a
superb bout, said his conditioning let him down against Trinidad, something
he won't let happen against Mosley.

      "I think (the confidence went) because of the conditioning," said De
La Hoya, who will earn a guarantee of $8 million against Mosley.

      "I didn't feel I had enough conditioning to stay in there with him. I
didn't feel the confidence to stay in there and bang with him. In the back
of my mind, I was always thinking, `I'm going to get tired. I'm going to get
tired. He might catch me with a good shot.' He does hit hard."

      De La Hoya said he twisted an ankle a week before the fight, came down
with a mild case of the flu a few days before the bout and had problems with
his left hand throughout his training camp.

      He said he had worked hard in preparation for the Trinidad fight, but
lost the edge he had gained because of the series of maladies that beset him
in the final week.

      In preparing for Mosley, 34-0 with 32 knockouts, De La Hoya is going a
step further. He is going to bed early -- usually about 9 p.m., he said --
and waking at 6 a.m. for a run up the side of a mountain.

      It is a fitness program followed by the late NFL Hall of Famer Walter
Payton and San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice, two of the
best-conditioned athletes to play in the NFL.

      De La Hoya said that even though Trinidad clearly possesses a big-time
wallop, he wasn't fearful of the Puerto Rican's power. He just didn't have
the stamina, he said, to do what had to be done.

      "I think anybody who steps into the ring has heart; let's put it that
way," De La Hoya said.

      "Stepping inside a ring is probably the toughest job that anybody will
ever have. Being scared of getting hit was not the case because I wouldn't
be in this business (if it were). It was just a lack of confidence, a lack
of conditioning."

      De La Hoya said he will do everything necessary to be prepared for
Mosley. Mosley's father, Jack, said Wednesday that De La Hoya has extended
the whatever-it-takes philosophy to include spying, accusing the De La Hoya
camp of sending someone to videotape Mosley's workout.

      De La Hoya grinned but said he had no knowledge of the incident.

      "I know that has been done in boxing before, but I don't think we did
that," De La Hoya said.

      He said he doesn't care what Mosley is working on anyway.

      "I'm just going to prepare for what I want to do and let him adjust to
me," De La Hoya said.

 
 
 

ODLH: Conditioning's the Key

Post by Patrick Keho » Sat, 20 May 2000 04:00:00

Paul/Lads,
NOW OSCAR admits it... he was shot or at least coming up short down the
streach against Tito and he could feel it... he knew Trinidad was still
strong and he had to run... seems like the fog of denial might be clearing?
Maturity?

Patrick Kehoe


Quote:
> Friday, May 19, 2000

> Oscar's restored outlook
> Oscar De La Hoya is relying on conditioning to provide confidence for his
> fight with Shane Mosley.

> By Kevin Iole, Las Vegas Review-Journal

>       BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. -- It was a fight he appeared to be winning,
> rather easily. For eight rounds, Oscar De La Hoya was having his way with
> Felix Trinidad and seemed on the way to a shockingly simple victory Sept.
18
> in what was billed as the "Fight of the Millennium."

>       A funny thing happened to De La Hoya on the way to that triumph,
> though.

>       "I lost my confidence," De La Hoya said Thursday.

>       De La Hoya, who will fight Shane Mosley on June 17 at Los Angeles'
> Staples Center in a welterweight championship match that figures to be a
> superb bout, said his conditioning let him down against Trinidad,
something
> he won't let happen against Mosley.

>       "I think (the confidence went) because of the conditioning," said De
> La Hoya, who will earn a guarantee of $8 million against Mosley.

>       "I didn't feel I had enough conditioning to stay in there with him.
I
> didn't feel the confidence to stay in there and bang with him. In the back
> of my mind, I was always thinking, `I'm going to get tired. I'm going to
get
> tired. He might catch me with a good shot.' He does hit hard."

>       De La Hoya said he twisted an ankle a week before the fight, came
down
> with a mild case of the flu a few days before the bout and had problems
with
> his left hand throughout his training camp.

>       He said he had worked hard in preparation for the Trinidad fight,
but
> lost the edge he had gained because of the series of maladies that beset
him
> in the final week.

>       In preparing for Mosley, 34-0 with 32 knockouts, De La Hoya is going
a
> step further. He is going to bed early -- usually about 9 p.m., he said --
> and waking at 6 a.m. for a run up the side of a mountain.

>       It is a fitness program followed by the late NFL Hall of Famer
Walter
> Payton and San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice, two of the
> best-conditioned athletes to play in the NFL.

>       De La Hoya said that even though Trinidad clearly possesses a
big-time
> wallop, he wasn't fearful of the Puerto Rican's power. He just didn't have
> the stamina, he said, to do what had to be done.

>       "I think anybody who steps into the ring has heart; let's put it
that
> way," De La Hoya said.

>       "Stepping inside a ring is probably the toughest job that anybody
will
> ever have. Being scared of getting hit was not the case because I wouldn't
> be in this business (if it were). It was just a lack of confidence, a lack
> of conditioning."

>       De La Hoya said he will do everything necessary to be prepared for
> Mosley. Mosley's father, Jack, said Wednesday that De La Hoya has extended
> the whatever-it-takes philosophy to include spying, accusing the De La
Hoya
> camp of sending someone to videotape Mosley's workout.

>       De La Hoya grinned but said he had no knowledge of the incident.

>       "I know that has been done in boxing before, but I don't think we
did
> that," De La Hoya said.

>       He said he doesn't care what Mosley is working on anyway.

>       "I'm just going to prepare for what I want to do and let him adjust
to
> me," De La Hoya said.


 
 
 

ODLH: Conditioning's the Key

Post by Rikkitav » Sat, 20 May 2000 04:00:00

I see no shame in admitting that he was running out of gas.  He fought a
great fight up to that point and then lost stamina.  Everyone here would
have done the same thing.  Oscar has taken on the best for the last 2 years,
he deserves a lot of credit.  With that said, I think Mosely may beat him.
What a great matchup.

RikkiTavi


Quote:
> Paul/Lads,
> NOW OSCAR admits it... he was shot or at least coming up short down the
> streach against Tito and he could feel it... he knew Trinidad was still
> strong and he had to run... seems like the fog of denial might be
clearing?
> Maturity?

> Patrick Kehoe

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ODLH: Conditioning's the Key

Post by Paul Dalrympl » Sun, 21 May 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>Paul/Lads,
>NOW OSCAR admits it... he was shot or at least coming up short down the
>streach against Tito and he could feel it... he knew Trinidad was still
>strong and he had to run... seems like the fog of denial might be clearing?
>Maturity?

     You don't expect DLH to admit he was tiring immediately after the
fight, do you? :) I know I don't, esp. a guy like DLH!

      I hope he's changed for good- fighting strong opponents, not ducking
anyone or changing divisions to avoid fights, etc. (Esp. after claiming he
"cleaned out a division" simply by winning 1 or 2 ABC titles- sounds like
another boxer we all know too well! :))

      I also hope this bout with Mosley turns out to be the kind it could
be- with both going at it, not a "defensive" struggle with both fighters
going the "cautious" route, waiting for the other to make a mistake.

       If DLH does beat Mosley, the next step better be a rematch with
Tito- either at 154 or a compromise weight (150, 151). That would
help prove he has changed for good. With the state boxing is in
(The IBF trial, no solid opponents for Lewis, RJJ refusing to fight DM),
it could use a couple of entertaining DLH bouts.

 
 
 

ODLH: Conditioning's the Key

Post by DM.. » Wed, 24 May 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>I see no shame in admitting that he was running
>out of gas. He fought a great fight up to that
>point and then lost stamina.

The Oscar fanatics always have excuses. Oscar knew if he stood and
fought he was going to get knocked out. Oscar only had 2 choices either
fight or flight. I guess he decided to flee.

What about his other excuses. Like his ankle and his left hand hurted.
He has excuses for everything. I guess his followers take after him.

 >Oscar has taken on the best for the last 2

Quote:
>years, he deserves a lot of credit.

Well he lost agaisnt Pernell, Ike, and Tito. I give them credit, not
Oscar. But how can you give him credit when he robs the fans, and
especially you.

Quote:
>With that said, I think Mosely may beat him

I guess you're not an Oscar fan anymore. But im sure you'll say you're
still a fan, but you'll support  him next time, like Doggyboy. Why do
you think Mosley can beat him? I know why because everybody else beat
him.