On this day in 2004, P4P king & fan favourite Oscar De La Hoya put his WBO Middleweight Title on the line against Bernard Hopkins who wagered his WBC, WBA & IBF titles. The fight was at catchweight of 158 pounds, a rarity for championship bouts but allowed to level the playing field for the smaller De La Hoya who had only fought once before at 160. The fight itself was a tactical battle, both fighters showcasing their defensive skills. Hopkins caught De La Hoya with a crippling liver shot in the 9th round which sent him crumpling to the mat in agony. The win would be Hopkins' last by stoppage & the first time De La Hoya had been finished. Ironically, 6 years before to the day, De La Hoya cemented his place as boxing's main attraction with a stoppage victory over legendary Julio César Chávez. In boxing, you live by the sword & die by the sword.
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