Diego De La Hoya

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Diego De La Hoya will be tested this Friday against Ruiz. 

By Igor Frank

Pundits and fans have been watching the assent of Mexicali’s Diego De La Hoya with cautious optimism and excitement. Diego thrills fans inside the squared circle with a perfect blend of speed and power and combination punching just like his famous uncle, Oscar did in his heyday. Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter signed young cousin from the onset of his professional career and so far it has been a hit.  

The twenty-one year old super bantamweight has amassed a professional record of eleven wins, no losses and seven knock outs. Is Diego De La Hoya a real deal?  This question should be answered on September 4th, 2015 as Mexicali youngster headlines another Installment of LA Fight Club at Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles against young veteran spoiler from Sonora, Mexico, Jesus ”Estrella” Ruiz(36-6-5,21KO’S). Ironically the fight will be televised by Estrella TV. 


Former title challenger Ruiz is the most significant test of young De La Hoya’s career. Twenty five year old Ruiz has a professional dossier with 43 fights and victories over experienced and tough boxers like Leonilo Miranda and Ruben Tamayo. 

I have covered the last three fights of Diego live and have been impressed with young man’s skills, ring smarts and patience. He is going to need all of his assets to top veteran like Ruiz. Last three fights all took place this year in Southern California. 

On February 27th De La Hoya dominated Manuel Roman over eight spirited rounds at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino. Roman is one tough customer from Paramount, California, but he was no match for fast and powerful Diego. 

In May, De La Hoya dominated Ramiro Robles over eight exciting rounds on LA Fight Club series at Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. He returned to headline LA Fight Club in July to stop Jose Estrella in four rounds. This time the stakes are higher and the competition is much stiffer.  At stake is the vacant WBC youth world super bantamweight title. Will young Diego be able to rise to the occasion? 


Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya created LA Fight Club series as a farm system to develop young talent. Could his nephew become the first La Fight Club Champion? Stay tuned. 


Contact Igor Frank via email at axident@pacbell.net or via Twitter (Fightmonger).