diego de la hoya

Albert Baker
Photo Lina Baker

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again Diego De La Hoya can box. The kid has what they call “Moxie”, and if you don’t know what that is I recommend you get yourself to watch him fight someday, you won’t regret it.

In a matchup of undefeated prospects Diego De La Hoya 14-0 (8KO’s) and Shane Mosely trained Rocco Santomauro 13-0 (1KO), De La Hoya showed that he may be a prospect of the year candidate as he prepares himself for what is expected to be a high profile career.

Firing from multiple angles, De La Hoya threw a left hook und upper cut that landed at will on the game but severely over matched Santomauro. Showing facial damage Santomauro was withering as the fight wore on and even with a point deducted from De La Hoya in the seventh it became apparent that things would end badly if the fight went to the final bell. At :59 left in the seventh round De La Hoya landed a sharp uppercut with a smirk on his face and referee Jay Nady had seen enough and called a halt to the fight.

“From the very beginning Shane Mosley has been talking about this being De La Hoya vs. Mosely III, and that inspired me to train really hard for this fight and focus on my speed and strength. This victory is satisfying to me because it shows all the hard work I put into my training camp. I wasn’t expecting the knockout but it was very satisfying, and I believe the crowd enjoyed it.” Said De La Hoya after the fight.

Donegal Ireland’s Jason Quigley 11-0 (9KO’s) handed James De La Rosa 23-4 (13KO’s) the fourth defeat of his career. De La Rosa is best known for upsetting Alfredo Angulo in 2014 and has only fought once since, in a knockout loss to undefeated Hugo Centeno in December of 2014. De La Rosa has been out of the ring since, and a fight with David Lemieux was cancelled for the young Texan back in March.

Tonight the Irishman would have his way with De La Rosa after dominating the actin with sharp check left hooks and follow up right hands that stopped De La Rosa in his tracks frequently as he tried to press Quigley. De La Rosa did appear to score a knockdown in the ninth after landing a punch that sent an unbalanced Quigley down, but referee Jack Reiss ruled it a slip.

At the end of ten the scores read 100-90 all for Quigley. This was a big step up in comparison to the level of competition previous to De La Rosa and it played out well for Golden Boy. “I feel unbelievable, this the stage I want to headline, I hope to be back soon and someday I’d love to fight Canelo.” Said Quigley after the fight.

It should be noted that Quigley head trainer Manny Robles, who owns The Rock gym in Carson, California is becoming a rising name in the sport as he handles prospect Oscar Valdez, U.S. Olympian Terrel Gausha and Vyschlev Shabransky.

Washington D.C.’s Lamont Roach Jr. 10-0 (3KO’s) has been coming along nicely as a prospect for Golden Boy and tonight he moved forward another step after wearing down Jose Esquivel 9-5 (2KO’s) Over eight rounds. Roach used his jab and follow up combinations to beat the Mexican Esquivel to punch throughout the entire fight.

On scores of 79-72 on all three cards Roach moves forward another step to keep his progression as a lightweight prospect on the right track.

Boston Massachusetts native Rahisdi “Speedy” Ellis 15-0 (11KO’s) earned a workman like unanimous decision over eight rounds against Mexico’s Marco Antonio Lopez 24-9 (15KO’s). Ellis was tapped to spar with main event star Saul Alvarez and pitched a shutout tonight against Lopez, winning on scores of 80-72 on all three of the judges’ cards. It was better talent, speed, and skill that put Ellis ahead of his opponent. Ellis is a good boxer with decent power who could make some waves for promoter Golden Boy.

The very first fight in the history of the T-Mobile Arena was fitting featuring a professional debut as the building was also making its boxing debut. David Mijares 1-0 can officially say for the rest of his life that he was the very first boxer to lace up the gloves and win in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a unanimous decision win over Omar Reyes 1-3 of Corpus Christi Texas.

Mijares was a standout amateur and got the job done in his debut with better technique and punch selection, winning on scores of 40-36 on all three cards

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