Diego De La Hoya will make his in-ring return on April 13, when he’s featured on the Munguia-Hogan undercard from Monterrey, Mexico, a card that will stream live on DAZN.
De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KO), the 24-year-old cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, will be moving up to the featherweight division for the fight after troubles making 122 pounds in the past, an issue that caused fight cancellations in each of the last two years.
From Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez:
“He had trouble with the weight. All young fighters go through that. They think they can still make weight and their body is growing and they can’t. So we all got together and talked about it and we agreed it was time for him to go to featherweight.”
De La Hoya has been thought of as a solid prospect in the super bantamweight division and looked to be closing in on world title opportunities before the issues making weight. A move to 126 will perhaps give him something of a fresh start. But it’s also a crowded, tough division right now, headed by titleholders Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr, Josh Warrington, and Oscar Valdez.
No opponent has been named for De La Hoya’s return, but probably don’t expect a whole lot, as this is probably going to be more a case of him dipping his toes in to test the water.