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On September 12, 2013, 19-year-old Diego De La Hoya made his professional boxing debut, stopping Luis Cosme in three rounds to kick off the next generation for a family best known for the body of work turned in by Diego’s cousin, Oscar de la Hoya.
On September 12, 2013, 19-year-old Diego De La Hoya made his professional boxing debut, stopping Luis Cosme in three rounds to kick off the next generation for a family best known for the body of work turned in by Diego’s cousin, Oscar de la Hoya. A former member of the Mexican National Team with over 250 amateur bouts to his name, De La Hoya also won a silver medal in the Mexican Olympic Nationals. Expected to make a run at the 2016 Olympics, the talented prospect instead decided to turn professional, leading to a lot of anticipation among fight fans and the boxing media. Currently training with Joel Diaz in Indio, California, De La Hoya followed up his win over Cosme with 10 more victories through the midway point of 2015, impressing both fans and the media with his poise, power, and exciting style. Maybe even more impressive was how he defeated tough competition like Manuel Roman, Ramiro Robles and Jose Estrella in his first three fights of 2015, proving that he was ready for an even bigger step up in the second half of the year and beyond. De La Hoya’s string of victories earned him a 10-round championship bout against Jesus Ruiz at September 2015’s LA FIGHT CLUB, where he defeated Ruiz via unanimous decision for the vacant WBC Youth World super bantamweight title. The Mexicali native kept rolling, and in his last fight of 2015 at the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in November, De La Hoya topped Giovanni Delgado via unanimous decision. De La Hoya then picked up where he left off, opening his 2016 campaign in the main event of LA FIGHT CLUB on February 19 with a fourth round knockout of Arturo Badillo. Part of the freeview of Canelo vs. Khan on May 7, 2016, De La Hoya displayed his power against Rocco Santomauro. Both fighters entered the ring with high energy and intensity, desiring to maintain their undefeated status. By the second round, De La Hoya sent him to the mat with a massive body punch and after Santomauro got back up, was attacked by De La Hoya through a series of combination punches trying to finish Santomauro off, however, was cut off by the bell. The fight turned into an all-out brawl, as both hungry fighters entered into heated exchanges of punches throughout the bout. De La Hoya was able to get Rocco various times in the head, hurting Santomauro with a cut over his eye by the end of the sixth round, and was on the offensive with consecutive blows to the head. Santomuaro's corner decided to call the fight in the seventh round at 1:59, landing De La Hoya a very impressive technical knockout victory, pleasing the crowd with the show.