August 30, 2002

De La Hoya VS. Vargas: Bad Blood

Boxing’s “Golden Boy” Battles “Ferocious” Fernando

“Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya will put his WBC Super Welterweight title on the line against rival “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas’s WBA Jr. Middleweight title as the two world champions settle their differences in one of the most anticipated and heated match-ups of the year. De La Hoya vs. Vargas: BAD BLOOD takes place Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

De La Hoya, 28, (34-2, 27 KO’s) is a five-time world champion, and presently the holder of the World Boxing Council 154-pound title. He is regarded as one of the biggest attractions in the sport today, a superstar whose popularity transcends boxing. De La Hoya has defeated 13 champions - one, twice.

Fernando Vargas, 24, (22-1, 20 KO’s) is the World Boxing Association 154-pound titleholder, and promises to “punish the Golden Boy.” In 2001, Vargas won the super welterweight title in his last bout when he knocked down top-ranked Shibata Flores in the second and seventh rounds and stopped the challenger at 2:59 of the seventh. In 1999, the World Boxing Hall of Fame named Vargas “Fighter of the Year.”

”Fernando is looking forward to this fight,” said his manager, Rolando Arellanno. “It’s the fight of his dreams, the fight of his life.”

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