1998-09-18 Oscar De La Hoya w rtd 8 Julio Cesar Chavez, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1998-09-18 Oscar De La Hoya w rtd 8 Julio Cesar Chavez, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Making a cautious start against Chavez (144½) the champion was soon one step ahead, whether countering, throwing combinations with blurring speed or getting left hooks off. By the fifth, De La Hoya (146½) had probably shaded every round, but Chavez was still there connecting with left hooks and rights over the top despite being gradually ground down. Even though De La Hoya went up a gear in the sixth and seventh Chavez was staying put, and it was not until the champion began to sit on his punches more in the eighth that the fight ended. Having taken some terrific blows to the head and sent staggering back to his corner at the end of the session, it was announced during the interval that Chavez had retired.