History | Sep 14 2018

On This Day: Oscar De La Hoya vanquished Fernando Vargas in glorious grudge match

Oscar De La Hoya beat bitter rival Fernando Vargas in a thriller, writes Marc Gatford
Oscar De La Hoya
Oscar De La Hoya  |  Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

“GOLDEN BOY” Oscar De La Hoya, brutally ended his war of words with Fernando Vargas, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Nevada on September 14, 2002.

Nine years previous, amid the snow caps of Big Bear Mountain, California, one of boxing’s most ferocious and genuine rivalries peaked for the first time. Temperatures rose on the California vista as De La Hoya reportedly mocked Vargas, who had slipped over on an icy trail. The innocuous incident, which occurred during separate training camps, would haunt “El Feroz” and articulate a protracted feud, which reached fever pitch by fight night.

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