History | Jun 05 2018

On This Day: Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins both win to set up megafight. Just.

Sturm and Allen provided very different tests for Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins respectively
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oscar de la hoya  |  Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

THE Oscar De La Hoya vs Bernard Hopkins superfight express was very nearly derailed on this day (June 5) in 2004 when the ‘Golden Boy’ was forced to dig deep to eke out a razor-thin decision over the unheralded Felix Sturm at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Never had a winner looked and sounded more like a loser. That was De La Hoya after relieving Sturm of the WBO middleweight crown and paving the way for the unification with the division’s real champion in Hopkins.

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