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Thursday, December 16, 2004
Updated: December 17, 11:52 AM ET
Boxer says, 'I'm not retired at all'

Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The "Golden Boy" is returning to the ring.

Instead of retiring, Oscar De La Hoya plans to fight in the welterweight division.

De La Hoya said he has no immediate fight plans but ruled out fighting as a middleweight. He lost his last fight in a ninth-round knockout against undisputed champion Bernard Hopkins.

"I'm not retired at all," De La Hoya told El Nuevo Dia newspaper in Puerto Rico.

"From 147 to 150, that's my natural weight. It's almost impossible to do something in the 154 or 160 divisions, it's too heavy for me."

The gold-medal winner in the Barcelona Olympics has ruled in six weight divisions, from lightweight to middleweight.

He won the WBO middleweight crown in June in a lackluster performance against Felix Sturm, and lost it to Hopkins in September.

De La Hoya said he will decide his future in the coming weeks, but rejected a possible rematch against former middleweight champion Felix Trinidad.

The Puerto Rican beat De La Hoya in 1999 in one of the most anticipated fights of recent years.

"If he [Trinidad] wants to come down [in weight]), the door is open. But it would not be very intelligent from my part to go up in weight," De La Hoya said.