1997-12-06 Oscar De La Hoya w rsc 8 Wilfredo Rivera, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC
1997-12-06 Oscar De La Hoya w rsc 8 Wilfredo Rivera, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Joe Cortez. Taking his time, De La Hoya (147) picked it up towards the end of the first round, but after he had opened up with fast left jabs the challenger hit back with some blows of his own before disaster struck for him in the second when his right eye was sliced open by a short left uppercut. Surprisingly allowed to carry on, Rivera (147) somehow continued. However, when he was smashed to the floor by a solid right to the jaw in the fourth it looked all over. Beating the count, Rivera stayed in the contest mainly because De La Hoya let him. Although Rivera fought on bravely the end came when De La Hoya unleashed more combinations in the eighth, and with blood pouring from the Puerto Rican’s eye the referee called a halt with two seconds of the session remaining.