Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 10/16/14

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Kostya Tszyu of Australia pictured during a press conference ahead of his fight with Ricky Hatton on June 5 at the Midland Hotel on May 23, 2005 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Boxing Fantasy Fight: De La Hoya-Tszyu When it comes to fantasy fights, I've always found the most fascinating scenarios the fights that could have happened, but didn't, like Roberto Duran vs. Donald Curry. The Golden Boy vs. The Thunder from Down Under is a perfect example. The two men had a brief career intersection when they were both undefeated champions at 140 lbs, and de la Hoya's critics slammed him for years afterward for "ducking" Tszyu. Although that charge was lacking in substance, the fact remains that a De la Hoya vs. Tszyu fight would have been very exciting. The Backstory Credit: Icon SMI Kostya Tszyu is widely considered one of the greatest amateur boxers of all-time, and defected to Australia just prior to the fall of the Soviet Union. Turning pro, Tszyu captured the IBF Super Lightweight Title in 1995, and defended it five times before suffering a upset, knockout defeat at the hands of Vince Phillips in 1997. Oscar de la Hoya'...

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