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Tyson's left hook and McCullough's chin - here's how I would form my perfect boxer

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Oscar de la Hoya

Oscar de la Hoya

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Andy Lee

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Edwin Valero (left)

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Wayne McCullough (left)

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Oscar de la Hoya

As British fighters hone their skill and count down to a return to the ring next month, it seems as good a time as any to identify what makes up the perfect fighter.

Interestingly, neither two of the greatest fighters of their generation, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., make my design of the ultimate fighter of the last 30 years...

Box office appeal: Oscar de la Hoya

Some fighters generate interest that creates millions for promoters and TV and over the past 30 years the names that immediately come to mind are Mike Tyson, Canelo Alvarez, Naseem Hamed and Manny Pacquiao but for me the one who stands above the rest is Oscar de la Hoya. A gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 set him up for an incredible career. Americans and Hispanics loved him - he had the looks and the boxing ability to live up to his Golden Boy nickname. The Hispanic and Mexican market is huge and De la Hoya milked it as well as enjoying global fame with his huge charisma.