Bernard Hopkins vs Oscar De La Hoya – Highlights (Body Shot KNOCKOUT)

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September 18th, 2004.Billed as “History”, Bernard Hopkins aka “The Executioner” defends his WBA, WBC & IBF Middleweight Titles against the “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, who also looks to retain his WBO Middleweight Crown.

Hopkins is a 2-1 betting favorite.

Prefight records; Hopkins 44(31)-2-1, De La Hoya 37(29)-3.

This is only De La Hoya’s 2nd fight at 160 pounds while Hopkins have been a Middleweight for nearly 16 years. Oscar fought his 1st Middleweight bout just 3 months ago, where he scored a controversial UD12 beating Felix Sturm to bag the WBO Middleweight Title.

Up to this point in Hopkins’ career, he has not tasted defeat in 11 years – since August 1993.

In April 1995, Hopkins won the vacant IBF World Middleweight Crown via stoppage over Segundo Mercado and have since successfully defended the title a remarkable 18 consecutive times.

However, the highlight of his career was back in September 2001 when he outclassed and knocked out Puerto Rican Superstar Felix Trinidad to become the Undisputed World Middleweight Champion. Hopkins also delivered Tito’s 1st professional loss in 11 years.

Entering the bout, Hopkins had notable wins over Keith Holmes, Simon Brown, John David Jackson, Glen Johnson, Lupe Aquino, Carl Daniels, William Joppy, Segundo Mercado, Felix Trinidad & Robert Allen (3x).

On the other hand, De La Hoya was world champion in 6 different weight divisions; Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, Light Middleweight & Middleweight. Throughout his illustrious career he had beaten notable oppositions such as Jesse James Leija, Genaro Hernandez, John John Molina, Jorge Paez, Jimmi Bredahl, Troy Dorsey, Javier Castillejo, Wilfredo Rivera, Hector Camacho, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Arturo Gatti, Oba Carr, Rafael Ruelas, Ike Quartey, Felix Sturm, Fernando Vargas, Pernell Whitaker & Julio Cesar Chavez (2x).

For the first 8 stanzas, both fighters fought a very tactical bout and Oscar arguably did better in the earlier parts while Hopkins gained the momentum later on.

In the 9th round, several Hopkins left hooks to the body floored Oscar. While displaying great determination, he was unable to rise to his feet before Cortez reaches the count of 10.

This is the only time in the career of Oscar De La Hoya that he ever failed to beat the count. The Golden Boy to his credit, fought an overall competitive bout against the naturally bigger Hopkins.

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