2001-06-23 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Javier Castillejo, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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2001-06-23 Oscar De La Hoya w pts 12 Javier Castillejo, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Vic Drakulich. Scorecards: 119-108, 119-108, 119-108. Moving up to win the title, having already presided over four separate weight divisions, De La Hoya (154) had just too much of everything for the upright, pedestrian champion, who was outspeeded throughout. After making a poor start, when Castillejo (154) began to motor in the third although he was unable to get his normal punches off he occasionally hurt De La Hoya, especially with left-rights to the head. It was only in the tenth that all three judges gave Castillejo the round, when he tore into De La Hoya with solid blows from both hands. However, De La Hoya was well on top again thereafter, eventually dropping the Spaniard for the mandatory count immediately prior to the final bell.

On 12 July 2002, at the Americas Stadium, Parla, Spain, Castillejo won the vacant WBC ‘interim’ title when outpointing Roman Karmazin over 12 rounds.