1999-02-13 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Ike Quartey, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1999-02-13 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Ike Quartey, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mitch Halpern. Scorecards: 116-112, 116-113, 114-115. This was not the fight that most people expected, the challenger more than giving De La Hoya (147) a run for his money, and many even agreed with one of the judges who had the man from Ghana winning by one point. Prior to the sixth neither man had dominated, it being extremely intense, but in that session first Quartey (146½) was dropped and then De La Hoya before the latter had to endure many heavy right hands. His left eye was also beginning to swell. Two of the next three sessions saw De La Hoya taking more heavy blows prior to him coming through to win the last three rounds on all of the cards. Knowing that the 12th had to be a big round, De La Hoya charged from his corner, throwing punches, before dropping Quartey with a cracking left hook. Back on his feet, although the Ghanaian was unsteady he somehow weathered everything that was coming his way. It was also clear that near the end of the session De La Hoya, having punched himself out, would not be getting the 10-7 score he so badly wanted.