History | Dec 15 2018

On This Day: Oscar De La Hoya and Arturo Gatti shine in Madison Square Garden

Jesse James Leija and Tracy Harris Patterson dispatched on December 15, 1995, writes Matt Christie
oscar-jesse

1. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN hosted a festive treat for fight fans on December 15, 1996. Topping the bill was young Oscar De La Hoya, defending his WBO lightweight belt against Jesse James Leija while another star-in-the-making, Arturo Gatti, was taking part in his first world title fight against IBF super-featherweight boss, Tracy Harris Patterson.

2. THE handsome image of De La Hoya was all over New York. “He’ll charm you with his looks and harm you with his hooks,” was the snappy line on the fight posters. The 22-year-old ‘Golden Boy’ was certainly confident but some wondered if he might have been too confident. The 1992 Olympic champion already had his next two fights agreed, culminating with a May 6 superfight with Mexican hero, Julio Cesar Chavez.

Register now to keep reading

We're chuffed that you are enjoying our website. To continue reading and to help us to provide the best coverage and a great online experience please take a few moments to register. You'll be able to read more online content and get the latest news via the Daily Jabs newsletter.

For unlimited access to all our award-winning content including exclusive subscriber-only stories and a digital archive of editions back to January 2012 you will need to subscribe

Got an account? Sign in

 

Boxing News Shop
GET 10% OFF TOTAL PURCHASE*
USE PROMO CODE: SUMMER10

*SALE ENDS 31 AUGUST