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Oscar De La Hoya vs. De La Hoya's first loss as a professional was met with controversy, as De La Hoya seemed to be in control for most of the fight's first eight rounds. However, at the urging of his corner, De La Hoya took a more defensive approach in the later rounds, leading to Trinidad taking all of the final four rounds on the scorecards and a majority decision victory. The winner was originally set to become the mandatory challenger to Trinidad, but the winner was all but guaranteed to become the new WBC welterweight champion as Trinidad was on the verge of vacating the title in order to move up to the middleweight division and challenge David Reid. De La Hoya would defeat Coley by seventh round knockout to capture the lightly regarded IBA welterweight title, and shortly after, was once again named the WBC welterweight champion. At the time of his fight with De La Hoya, Mosley had only two welterweight fights to his credit, and as such, came into the fight as a betting underdog. In a closely contested fight, Mosley would earn a narrow split decision victory to become only the sixth fighter at the time to win titles in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions. Two judges scored the fight for Mosley with scores of — and —, while the third had De La Hoya the winner with a score of — De La Hoya had a slight edge during some of the bout's early rounds, but as the fight went to the later rounds, De La Hoya seemed to tire and the fight began to turn in Mosley's favor. Mosley rallied to take rounds seven through 12 on one of the scorecards and five of the last six on the other, often scoring punches in flurries to win those rounds, which proved to be the difference in the fight.
While the Delahoya-Mosely rematch was certainly not the worst decision I have seen, I actually thought the fight was fairly close with Mosley finishing strongly over the latter part of the fight, it was clear to me that Oscar was the one who executed his fight plan more effectively, controlled most of the action, and outscored his opponent and thus deserved the decision. Yet somehow 2 of the 3 judges managed to give Shane the first round boggle. I also thought Delahoya won the second round; one good punch does not make up for the other guys winning 2 plus minutes of the round. Oscar controlled the pace and countered effectively with Shane landing mostly one punch at a time. Oscar easily outscored his opponent in compubox numbers, out landing Shane to overall, to 94 in power punches and in jabs.
Oscar De La Hoya vs. De La Hoya and Mosley had previously met on June 17, In a closely contested match, Mosley was given a split decision victory to claim the title. Two of the judges gave Mosley the fight with scores of — and —, while the third had De La Hoya the winner by a score of — If he wants a rematch, I've got to give it to him. De La Hoya's promoter Bob Arum refused and declared that the rematch was "over, done, finished". The fight was another closely contested bout between the two.