Boxing Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya thinks current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is making boxing great again.

Undefeated boxing champ Wilder has been generating buzz around the boxing world after his classy KO win over Luis Ortiz. Aside from being victorious against Ortiz, Wilder has been one of the most talked-about boxers today because of his rivalry with British boxing star Tyson Fury.

All told, Wilder is indeed a sensational world champion and it didn’t take long for a legend like De La Hoya to acknowledge it. In a quick talk with veteran boxing reporter Elie Seckbach of EsNews, De La Hoya admitted that he didn’t see Wilder’s KO win over Ortiz. However, he also admitted that he’s a “huge” Wilder fan.

“I didn’t see the fight but they told me it was spectacular,” De La Hoya admitted.

The Olympic gold medalist even referred Wilder as “colorful” and looking at his career right now, De La Hoya is convinced that Wilder is “great for boxing.”

“I’m a huge Deontay Wilder fan. I think he’s great for the sport. I think he’s colorful. He’s special,” De La Hoya stated.

De La Hoya continued by naming all the heavyweight fighters Wilder should fight. According to him, “The Bronze Bomber” should take on Andy Ruiz, Anthony Joshua and his long-time rival Fury.

“I would want him to fight (Andy) Ruiz, (Anthony) Joshua, (Tyson) Fury,” De La Hoya said.

Based on De La Hoya’s prediction, Wilder could make boxing great once again if all the said fights will actualize.

“I think boxing is on the verge of becoming a sport that we have missed a long time ago. That’s exciting,” De La Hoya pointed out.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder knocks out Luis Ortiz in the seventh round of their title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder knocks out Luis Ortiz in the seventh round of their title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Steve Marcus

Meanwhile, as Wilder enjoys his last win against Ortiz, he somehow created a controversy in boxing after being linked to another Hall of Famer – Mike Tyson.

The buzz started when Wilder claimed that he can beat a prime Tyson. Shortly after the said claim, legendary boxer George Foreman joined the party by saying “Iron Mike” hits harder than Wilder.

While it is quite impossible to really measure who hits harder between the two heavy-hitters, Wilder chose not to let go of the issue and recently stated that he really hits harder than a prime Tyson.

After making such a bold claim, Wilder receives different reactions from boxing fans. And as expected, most fans were not happy about it.

Mike Tyson Pictured: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 26, 2017. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images