Before his September rematch fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) has set up a tune-up fight with former junior lightweight titlist Steve Forbes (33-5, 9 KOs) on May 3. The 12-round fight will be at the Home Depot Center’s outdoor soccer stadium in Carson, CA.
The televised fight will air live on HBO and will be De La Hoya’s first non-pay-per-view fight since beating Arturo Gatti in the fifth round on March 24, 2001. In a soap opera-ish scenario, De La Hoya is returning to train with Floyd Mayweather Sr., who is going to train De La Hoya against his son (assuming De La Hoya beats Forbes), and who also used to train Forbes.
Roger Mayweather, the estranged brother of Floyd Mayweather Sr. is Forbes’ trainer and the trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is also estranged from his father.
In an Associated Press interview, Forbes said, “I know [Floyd Jr.] inside and out. I think Oscar thinks I may give him a little bit of the look of Floyd but that he will run through me and get his rematch with Floyd Jr. My job is to make sure that doesn’t happen.”