BOCA RATON, Fla. – Most predict finishes, however Derik Santos sees Vitor Belfort going the space with Oscar De La Hoya.
Belfort meets De La Hoya in the principle occasion of a Triller Fight Club occasion on Sept. 11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and the previous UFC mild heavyweight champion has been working with boxing coach Santos in preparation for the combat.
Although it’s been greater than 13 years since De La Hoya (39-6) has laced up the gloves, Santos is anticipating the previous Olympic gold medalist and world champion to return out with the identical tendencies.
“I do just because I’m a detail-type coach,” Santos informed MMA Junkie on learning De La Hoya’s tape. “But I feel if you happen to perceive fighters’ psychology, Oscar goes to revert to being Oscar of previous. So I do know he’s going to go to the left hook, the lead hand uppercut – I perceive that. Those are his two finest punches. He’s not unexpectedly going to return out with one thing new.
“He’s an elite athlete and the athlete he’s going to revert to remembering what they knew best. I’m sure he’s going to try to use the jab a lot and some speed. How long he can maintain the speed is a different question, but I’ve got a pretty good idea of what Oscar is going to try to do.”
Belfort could solely have one professional boxing bout beneath his belt, which befell greater than 15 years in the past, however he’s been actively competing as a martial artist. The 44-year-old Brazilian, who’s tied for probably the most knockouts in UFC historical past at 12, retired from MMA in 2018 and will definitely have rather a lot much less rust to fret about than returning 48-year-old De La Hoya.
That mentioned, Santos isn’t taking De La Hoya flippantly, however sees Belfort beating him in a combat that goes to the judges.
“I think we can win a decision,” Santos mentioned. “I believe we’re going to win a decision. I’ll say that clearly.”