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Is It All Over for De la Hoya?

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By Clarissa Smith

Oscar “Golden Boy” De la Hoya vs. “Sugar” Shane Mosley for the WBA/ABC Super Welterweight Championship. Mosley defeated De la Hoya the last time they fought in Los Angeles in June of 2000.

Coincidence or Conspiracy?

Some watched the fight with joy and others with disappointment when Mosley’s gloves were raised in victory. The three ringside judges gave Mosley the win by unanimous decision.

Statistically De la Hoya was ahead by punch count so why did the judges give Mosley the decision? De la Hoya has his own theory. He has launched an investigation on the judging of the fight. Boxing officials are awaiting possible misconduct charges. De la Hoya and many others believe he should have won and the judges conspired against him in Mosley’s favor. Mosley says, “De la Hoya needs to accept his loss and move on.” But as long as the money is right Mosley is willing to fight for a third time.

Before the fight many people were looking forward to seeing De la Hoya defeat Mosley and redeem himself from his loss to Mosley in June of 2000. Mosley hadn't won a fight in two calendar years and is on a three fight non-winning skid. Though De la Hoya may never be able to avenge his controversial loss to Felix Trinidad in 1999, he wanted to defeat Mosley and set up a possible rematch with Fernando Vargas or a fight with middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins.

The Mosley victory establishes him at two-for-two with De la Hoya and reclaims his spot among sports’ elite. It also softens his losses to Vernon Forrest, not to mention the extreme amounts of positive publicity for beating De la Hoya a second time. With his athletic ability, hand speed, and quickness, Mosley was sure he would win, “I won the first fight, and I’ll win this fight,” stated Mosley before the rematch.

De la Hoya and Mosley go back further than just their last fight. They grew up in Southern California, became successful professional boxers and have thrived upon a livelihood that most fans only dream of. It’s tough to see either fighter lose, especially when the outcome did not appear to reflect the action in the ring.

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