Oscar De La Hoya Holds Onto Welterweight Title In Unanimous Decision Win Against Hector Camacho – September 13, 1997
Oscar De La Hoya had multiple successful defenses in 1997 and Hector Camacho was one of the top boxers in the 1980s. This matchup could be considered a memorable one.
De La Hoya ended up winning the judges’ cards via unanimous decision for all 12 rounds to retain his WBC welterweight title.
De La Hoya constantly attacked Camacho as Camacho, who was older, tried to keep up the pace. “The Golden Boy” scored a knockdown in the ninth round after a left uppercut and two right hands, sending “Macho” to the mat.
Camacho was able to continue, but his rival continued to control the fight.
In 2012, Camacho died after being shot in the face while sitting in a car in Bayamon, Puerto Rico – the town where he was born. He never regained consciousness and life-supported machines were eventually disconnected.
De La Hoya said the death of his former rival “hurt” his soul.
“He motivated a lot of people. He was a rock. This guy was courageous. This guy was a warrior. I felt anger, and therefore, I ran up the mountain faster,” he told Ring TV.
“I felt frustration because he’s one of our own. I say that as a fighter and I say that as a man who is going through what I’m going through also,” he added. “He’s one of our own. So it hurts. This one really hurts. It hurts in your soul.”