Diego De La Hoya’s LA Return

BY David A. Avila ON February 18, 2016
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By David A. Avila

Just because you’re related doesn’t mean you automatically have the same physical gifts but Diego De La Hoya comes close.

The cousin of Oscar De La Hoya returns to downtown Los Angeles to bring his attack fighting style to the Southern California fight crowd.

De La Hoya (13-0, 7 KOs) faces Tijuana’s Arturo Badillo (21-9, 19 KOs) at the Belasco Theater on Friday Feb. 19. Estrella TV will televise the Golden Boy Promotions main fight card. Ring TV will show the earlier portion.

Ever since his pro debut De La Hoya has exhibited that something extra that very few prizefighters possess. It’s not just the name but the ability to grab attention.

In his pro debut several years ago in Las Vegas, it was De La Hoya who silenced a seemingly uninterested crowd and exploded in the first round with flashing fists and speed. That night, against a Puerto Rican opponent with a dozen fights, he electrified the crowd with ability the others on the fight card could not equal. He’s a showstopper.

De La Hoya, a super bantamweight, won by stoppage and the crowd was impressed that night in 2013.

“Joel Diaz (trainer) instilled that in him and he’s moving him at a great pace,” said Joel De La Hoya, cousin and manager of Diego. “I think he had a great year last year.”

No fight is a sure thing and though Badillo has five straight losses, the Tijuana prizefighter packs a wallop and has 19 knockouts in 21 wins. That’s serious firepower.

De La Hoya needs to impress. Though he’s the younger cousin to the president of Golden Boy Promotions, it’s not a guarantee of anything.

“I can circumvent by going straight to the promoter but they’re not doing me any favors. I have to negotiate with them and everything else this job entails,” said Joel De La Hoya. “By no means whatsoever do I get what I want.”

One target is a place on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Amir Khan fight card on May 7 in Las Vegas. But an impressive victory on Friday is necessary.

“I’m hoping I can get him on the Canelo card in May. We actually asked for 10 rounds defending his (WBC Youth) belt,” said Joel De La Hoya. “There will be so many eyes on it.”

Many eyes are riveted on young Diego De La Hoya right now too.

Joet Gonzalez

Joet Gonzalez, a 122-pounder from Los Angeles, has shown serious fighting skills too in a weight division in which Golden Boy Promotions has an abundance of talent.

Gonzalez is managed by Frank Espinoza who has another super bantamweight on the verge of a world title bid in Jessie Magdaleno. Could Gonzalez be next in line for a title bid?

Facing Gonzalez will be Mexico’s Jose Cen Torres who has five straight losses but against top tier prospects. In July 2014, Torres gave Carlos Carlson a spirited battle in Ontario, California. It ended in a majority decision for Carlson.

Super bantamweight tourney

Golden Boy has a ton of talented super bantamweight prospects. Could a tournament be around the corner?

Along with Gonzalez there’s De La Hoya, Manuel Avila and several others.

Joel De La Hoya says it’s a strong possibility.

“I asked Robert Diaz to get them all on a card for a tournament. He likes the idea. Oscar loved it too,” said Joel De La Hoya. “It’s a good way to get recognition.”

 

 

Comment on this article

stormcentre says:

Hmm not sure what to make of this.

Diego won quite easily; no argument there.

However, Badillo - if we're being honest - didn't exactly come into the ring with a blisteringly successful record.

Despite how you can sell Badillo's 21-9 19 KOs.

The reality of the matter is that Arturo Badillo walked into that ring with - out of his last 9 or so fights - 7 or 8 loses; with almost all of them by way of being stopped or quitting.

Time to step it up Joel.

Otherwise Diego will melt under the heat of a decent fighter, and that may just happen when promoters have the least tolerance for it.

deepwater2 says:

Hmm not sure what to make of this.

Diego won quite easily; no argument there.

However, Badillo - if we're being honest - didn't exactly come into the ring with a blisteringly successful record.

Despite how you can sell Badillo's 21-9 19 KOs.

The reality of the matter is that Arturo Badillo walked into that ring with - out of his last 9 or so fights - 7 or 8 loses; with almost all of them by way of being stopped or quitting.

Time to step it up Joel.

Otherwise Diego will melt under the heat of a decent fighter, and that may just happen when promoters have the least tolerance for it.



I know to make of it. It was a stay busy fight against a no chance guy. These types of mismatches are common on the under card of most boxing shows. They are better off ,kept off of TV. With the name De La Hoya ,he gets put on TV.

I bet Badillo was paid more than DLH for this fight.

Its really bad when champions are fighting these types of mismatches in the main event.

stormcentre says:

I agree.

Even worse when they make a big song/dance about the "unexpected and/or difficult and well deserved" win.

Like it wasn't a foregone conclusion before it started.

Diego - at least with this fight - is starting to look like he's coming "up" through the ranks the same way Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. did.

He really doesn't look like he's has more than 200 amateur fights to me.

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