Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Oscar De La Hoya (1st meeting)
Revision as of 14:49, 16 October 2012 by Boxsoup
1996-06-07 : Oscar De La Hoya 139 lbs beat Julio Cesar Chavez 139 lbs by TKO at 2:37 in round 4 of 12
- Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Joe Cortez
- Judge: Anek Hongtongkam 30-27
- Judge: Daniel Van de Wiele 30-27
- Judge: Larry O'Connell 30-27
- World Boxing Council Super Lightweight Title (7th defense by Chavez)
- The fight was shown only on closed circuit television because Bob Arum, De La Hoya's promoter, said cable companies had not clamped down on widespread use of "black boxes" to steal pay-per-view signals and had refused to pay him upfront guarantees for his promotions.
- De La Hoya was a 2-1 favorite.
- There was a crowd of 15,283 at Caesars Palace.
- A cut was opened over Chavez's left eye early in the first round. In the fourth round, with Chavez a bloody mess, referee Joe Cortez called time and had Chavez examined by ringside physician Flip Homansky, who stopped the fight. Afterwards, Chavez said he suffered the cut over his left eye five days before the fight, but his camp didn't tell anyone because he didn't want to postpone the fight. Marc Ratner, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said Chavez underwent a pre-fight examination and the cut had gone undetected.