History | Jan 18 2019

On This Day: Oscar De La Hoya tops star-studded bill with support from Kostya Tszyu and Floyd Mayweather

We were ringside in Las Vegas on January 18, 1997, when Oscar De La Hoya shone, Kostya Tszyu was denied victory in dramatic fashion and a young Floyd Mayweather was an early winner
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oscar de la hoya  |  Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

IT is a measure of the quality of WBC light-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya that his unanimous 12-round points win over previously undefeated challenger Miguel Angel Gonzalez at the Thomas and Mack Center was but a warm-up for big things.

For many, overcoming a man who had won 41 straight fights as a pro, including 11 for the WBC lightweight crown before weight problems forced him to vacate, would constitute the highlight of a career.

But such are the expectations now surrounding the “Golden Boy” that the win, De La Hoya’s 23rd in a row, seemed overshadowed by his next fight.

 

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