Pernell Whitaker vs. Oscar De La Hoya

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1997-04-12 : Pernell Whitaker 146½ lbs lost to Oscar De La Hoya 146½ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


Pernell Whitaker vs. Oscar De La Hoya (poster).jpg
  • De La Hoya was a 3-1 favorite. [1]
  • In the third round, De La Hoya suffered a cut from an accidental headbutt. As a result, Whitaker had a point deducted. WBC rules state, "the fighter who isn't cut has a point deducted. A point will be deducted from the uninjured boxer. This point deduction will compensate the advantages acquired by the uninjured boxer." [2]
  • De La Hoya was ruled down in the ninth after a left upper cut sent him down on one knee for an instant.
  • Whitaker landed 232 of 582 punches to 191 of 566 for De La Hoya. [3]
  • According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal poll of writers who covered the fight, 14 scored it for Whitaker and 11 for De La Hoya. [4]
  • The fight generated 720,000 pay-per-view buys and $28.8 million in PPV revenue. [5]
  • Poster #2