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10: De La Hoya’s biggest victories

12
Apr

A weekly boxing list compiled by Michael Rosenthal. This week: 10 pivotal victories in Oscar De La Hoya’s career. “The Golden Boy” has called a news conference for Tuesday to announce whether he will fight again.

1. Fernando Vargas (KO 11, 2002): His most-satisfying victory.
2. Ike Quartey (SD 12, 1999): Proved his mettle in an entertaining slugfest.
3. Julio Cesar Chavez I (TKO 4, 1996): Torch was passed from one generation to the next.
4. Rafael Ruelas (KO 2, 1995): Became a star on the biggest stage.
5. Pernell Whitaker (UD 12, 1997: Found a way to beat a legend.
6. Jimmi Bredahl (TKO 10, 1994): Won the first of his 10 major titles.
7. Ricardo Mayorga (KO 9, 2006): Captured his final title in dramatic victory.
8. Lamar Williams (KO 1, 1992): Had no trouble in his pro debut.
9. Steve Forbes (UD 12, 2008): Might be the final victory in his career.
10. Julio Cesar Chavez II (KO 8, 1998): Not much different from the first fight.

The losses: Felix Trinidad (MD 12, 1999); Shane Mosley (SD 12, 2000); Mosley (UD 12, 2003); Bernard Hopkins (KO 9, 2004); Floyd Mayweather Jr. (SD 12, 2007); Manny Pacquiao (TKO 8, 2008).

Michael Rosenthal can be reached at [email protected]

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