1997-04-12 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Pernell Whitaker, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1997-04-12 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Pernell Whitaker, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 115-111, 116-110, 116-110. At the end of the contest, Whitaker (146½), his right eye almost closed, could hardly believe he had lost his title to De La Hoya (146½), having dropped the latter in the ninth round and kept him at bay with an accurate right jab and a sound defence. Many people, other than the judges, agreed with him. Repeatedly going southpaw to confuse Whitaker, the ‘Golden Boy’ was the one who landed the heavier blows and always seemed to catch the eye with bursts of punches towards the end of rounds, but he could not knock his man over however hard he tried. While Whitaker continually showed his experience, often forcing De La Hoya to often punch down at him, he did not do enough scoring to swing the fight his way and that was ultimately the difference between the pair.