1997-01-18 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1997-01-18 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 117-110, 117-111, 117-109. Although he could hardly miss with the left jab, setting Gonzalez (140) up on countless occasions, the champion could not find the punches to put the Mexican hard man away. Twice Gonzalez (140) had points deducted for transgressing the rules, but it would not have made any difference as De La Hoya (140) won almost every round effortlessly. Some of De La Hoya’s work was blinding, the ‘CompuBox’ stats showing that he landed with 212 of the 319 left jabs he threw.

After De La Hoya relinquished the WBC version of the title on winning the WBC welterweight crown in April, Gonzalez was matched against Julio Cesar Chavez to find a new champion. Unfortunately, with Chavez suffering an elbow injury that required an operation, and coupled with domestic problems, it took almost ten months to get the two men together.