Boxing's 'Golden Boy'
June 7, 1996 -The WBC super lightweight title was at stake as Oscar De La Hoya faced Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas. De La Hoya, the 7-5 favorite, wasted little time establishing control. Only 51 seconds into the fight, De La Hoya stuck two jabs near Chavez's left eye, opening up a cut that spurted blood across Chavez's face. Time was later called so Chavez could wipe his face, but before the first round ended, De La Hoya connected and messed up Chavez's face again.
Chavez survived three rounds, but the fight was stopped 23 seconds into the fourth. De La Hoya, who won all three rounds on the judges' cards, averaged an impressive 30 jabs per round.
"After it was over I was thinking, 'Man, this is an easy fight, easiest fight I've had,' " De La Hoya said. "Didn't get touched four rounds against a legend."
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