Diego De La Hoya continued to show why he’s one of the fastest-rising prospects in boxing while kicking off a weekend of back-to-back fight nights in Las Vegas, preceding the highly anticipated Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez card.
The undefeated boxing legacy and fan-favorite De La Hoya (13-0, 7 KOs) kept his perfect record intact by taking a unanimous decision over fellow countryman Giovanni “Lloviznas” Delgado (15-4, 9 KOs) in what was an explosive eight-round super bantamweight main event. With six fights under his belt in 2015, De La Hoya is focused on gaining a title shot in 2016.
“I knew [Delgado] was going to be a tough opponent,” De La Hoya said through a translator. “I used to spar with him when I was 15 years old so I was familiar with his style but I think now I am a faster and more intelligent fighter and that’s what gave me the victory tonight. This victory also proved to me that I have a great passion for the sport and hope to become a world champion soon.”
Thanks to the determination and styles of De La Hoya and Delgado, fans at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino were treated to a bell-to-bell action-packed affair. The fight at times turned into a “Mexican Style” crowd pleasing showdown but was won due to De La Hoya showing off his toughness and durability, taking Delgado’s shots and countering with clean effective punches of his own.
If a young De La Hoya keeps improving at the rapid rate which continues to satisfy his trainer Joel Diaz and his older cousin and promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, a title shot by the end of 2016 just might become his reality.
“I’m not going to quit until I achieve my goal,” Diego De La Hoya said. “I want to thank all the fans that came out to support me and I’m glad I closed out the year with victory.”