SANDWICHED in between megafights with Ike Quartey and Felix Trinidad, Californian superstar Oscar De La Hoya defended his WBC welterweight crown with an 11th-round stoppage of Oba Carr on this day (May 22) in 1999 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Detroit’s Carr proved to be a clever, capable and proven fighter whose only defeats in 51 fights had been against the aforementioned duo of Quartey and Trinidad.
De La Hoya’s display in this seventh defense of his title was tight. He took punches because Carr was clever enough to hit him, especially around the body, but nothing troubled him.
Yet from the first, when he put the challenger down with a sharp left hand, he knew he had the power to finish the fight inside the distance, as he said he would.
A speedy 22-year-old Floyd Mayweather also defended his WBC title (super-featherweight) on the undercard.
Late-substitute Justin Juuko was never in the fight from start to ninth-round finish against the brilliant Mayweather.
“Juuko was a very tough fighter, but I just took my time and stayed focused” said a triumphant Mayweather.
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