1997-09-13 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Hector Camacho, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1997-09-13 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Hector Camacho, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 119-108, 120-106, 120-105. Close to being dropped on several occasions before a three-punch attack sent him down in the ninth for only the third knockdown in his career, the challenger did little to show that he was up to beating De La Hoya (147) and was not just there merely for the money. Concentrating on the body, De La Hoya tried hard to finish Camacho (147) off, but was unable to do so as the latter held like a limpet, moved at speed whenever challenged and when he was deducted a point for holding and hitting in the 12th it just about summed up his title challenge. However, if it was just survival he wanted then Camacho achieved his aim, but in terms of winning a world title he should not have been given the opportunity.