De La Hoya To Fight Mosley


Oscar De La Hoya, saying he's tired of trying to negotiate a rematch with Felix Trinidad, plans to fight Shane Mosley in June.

"Oscar called me Monday and said, `I'm tired of this nonsense, make the Mosley fight,"' promoter Bob Arum said Thursday. "The contracts are not signed, but it's made."

Arum said the fight would be held on June 10 if it is at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas or on June 17 if it is held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

He wouldn't disclose the value of the purses, but De La Hoya reportedly will be guaranteed $7 million and Mosley $4 million.

Arum blamed Felix Trinidad Sr., his son's manager-trainer, for the failure to make a rematch. Trinidad defended the IBF welterweight title and won the WBC championship on a majority decision over De La Hoya Sept. 18.

Trinidad, of Puerto Rico, will challenge for the WBA super welterweight title Friday night when he fights David Reid outdoors at Caesars Palace.

"King came to me and said, `Let's do two fights, one in June and one in September and split the money 50-50,"' Arum said. "The father reneged on the deal. He wants to be the boss. That's more important than money. King tried really hard to make the deal."

Arum said it's possible that De La Hoya and Trinidad could fight in September.

Reid and Mosley, however, could have something to say about that.

While not as experienced as Trinidad (36-0, 30 knockouts), Reid (14-0, seven knockouts) has the hand speed and quickness to have a legitimate chance of beating the favorite.

In Mosley, De La Hoya will be facing a former IBF lightweight champion with a 34-0 record with 32 knockouts who has won twice since moving up to welterweight.

If Trinidad beats Reid and relinquishes his welterweight titles, the De La Hoya-Mosley fight would be a title match. De La Hoya would be recognized as WBC champion on the strength of his seventh-round technical knockout of Derrell Coley in their elimination bout last Saturday in Madison Square Garden in New York.

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