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Boxing: De La Hoya Stops Campas to Retain Title

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posted on May, 4 2003 @ 05:34 AM
De La Hoya (36-2, 29 knockouts) successfully defended his WBC 154-pound title, winning in a fight that proved as lopsided once it started as it looked before the two fighters even entered the ring.

Oscar De La Hoya gave Yory Boy Campas a beating, then made a promise to Shane Mosley. ``That's the fight I want. That's the fight when I'll be my best,'' De La Hoya said. ``Don't worry, Shane.''

Mosley was among those at ringside Saturday night watching De La Hoya give a systematic pounding to a game but outclassed Campas. He was never able to knock Campas down, but the challenger's corner finally stopped the fight at 2:54 of the seventh round. ``It was a nice sparring session, I would say,'' Mosley said. ``He got some good work in.''

De La Hoya's dominance was reflected in ringside punching stats that had him landing 264 punches to 75 for Campas. ``He was just too fast, I could not get inside on him,'' Campas said. ``I could not get any rhythm with this guy.''

De La Hoya gave the sold-out crowd at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino what they wanted to see, working Campas with shots to the body and then peppering him with combinations to the head. De La Hoya seemed particularly eager to try out an improved right hand he has been working on, and he used it often.

ABC Sports Report

posted on May, 4 2003 @ 01:08 PM
I didn't order this fight on PPV since I knew De la Hoya would win easily. But I will probably catch the replay next week on HBO. What Im really looking forward to is his rematch with Shane Mosley.

posted on May, 7 2003 @ 07:01 AM
Yeah, I agree that Campas didn't offer much competition for Oscar. The Mosely rematch should be a very good fight.

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