KEY POINTS

  • Gennady Golovkin warns Oscar De La Hoya to think twice before fighting him
  • Golovkin feels the fight won't end well for De La Hoya
  • Golovkin is focused on his upcoming fight against Szeremeta

Gennady Golovkin remains a dangerous boxer even at 38 years old. He will return to the ring on Friday when he makes his mandatory defense against undefeated fighter Kamil Szeremeta of Poland.

One person expected to keep track is Golden Boy Promotions head honcho Oscar De La Hoya.

With a lot of retired boxers seemingly getting some sort of inspiration from the likes of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, the 47-year-old is considering doing the same.

However, he may be pushing his luck too far by targeting prime boxers such as Golovkin.

There is no love lost between Golovkin and De La Hoya. Both had their share of heated exchanges in the past, particularly when the retired boxing champion was still handling Canelo Alvarez.

Previously, De La Hoya said that he would be open to coming out of retirement for a chance to face "GGG." He turns it up a notch by claiming the Kazakhstani would be an easy opponent for him if he opts to put on his boxing trunks once more, Boxingscene reported.

"You know how easy GGG would be for me? Oh, my gosh," De La Hoya said back in November. "I always took a good shot and I always took apart fighters like him. In my mind, it would be that easy."

De La Hoya’s jabs unsurprisingly reached Golovkin and he is apparently unhappy. He feels that it would be a bad idea to share the ring with him, believing it would end disastrously for the multiple-time world champion, Boxingscene reported.

"Everything involving Gennady Golovkin for him is a nightmare. He can say whatever. But let me put it this way--if I got an opportunity to legally kill a person in the ring, I might seize it," Golovkin said.

De La Hoya last fought in 2008, falling to Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. He took a good beating from the eight-division titleholder at the time, forcing his corner to stop the fight in the eighth round. He retired in April 2009.

 Gennady Golovkin boxes against Sergiy Derevyanchenko Gennady Golovkin boxes against Sergiy Derevyanchenko Photo: Getty Images | Steven Ryan