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Boxing: DE LA HOYA WON'T HIDE BEHIND CUT HAND

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posted on Sep, 19 2004 @ 05:21 PM
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Oscar De La Hoya refused to blame his defeat to Bernard Hopkins on his cut hand.

The Golden Boy had to have 11 stitches in his palm after it was damaged when his bandages were being removed on Wednesday, just four days before the Las Vegas showdown.

De La Hoya suffered the first knockdown of his career in the ninth and was second best for the majority of the bout, but offered no excuses afterwards.

"I was perfectly fine," he said on Sky Box Office. "I was throwing out my jab okay and landed with a few left uppercuts so everything was fine, I felt perfect.

"He just caught me with a great shot. I've been hit before with a punch like that which makes you make a noise like `Urgh', but when I tried getting up I couldn't breath."


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