IT was a modern classic on June 17, 2000 that was both artistically fascinating and viscerally gripping, this contest matched two superbly skilled and tough fighters in their primes. Four-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya was the bigger man who had fought the better opposition, with fast, explosive Shane Mosley having recently moved up from lightweight in what many felt was a huge risk.
Mosley had yet to taste defeat, while 27-year-old De La Hoya had beaten the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker and Ike Quartey, losing only to Felix Trinidad two fights previously, in a contest where the majority of observers saw him doing enough to triumph.
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