Super Bantamweight Danger! Here Comes Oscar’s Cousin Diego ‘Golden Kid’ De La Hoya
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
At age 22, and 19-0, Oscar De La Hoya’s cousin, ‘The Golden Kid’ Diego De La Hoya, has rapidly risen to number 14 in the world rankings. A native of Mexicali, Mexico, he was a 2011 Mexican national amateur champion, participated in the 2012 World Youth Championships in Armenia, and was a bronze medalist at the 2013 Mexican National Olympiad at 56 kilograms.
De La Hoya has nine knockouts in 19 professional bouts, nearly a 50 percent knockout ratio. In September 2015, Diego De La Hoya won the vacant World Boxing Council Youth World Super Bantamweight title by 10 round decision win over a 34 win fighter, Jesus Ruiz, surviving a cut from an accidental head butt to win.
Recently, on July 1, 2017, in San Luis, Argentina, De La Hoya retains his WBC title by 10 round decision over Alan Castillo an Argentinian fighter with 21 wins. With his nineteenth win, De La Hoya rose to 14th in the worldwide BoxRec rankings at super bantamweight, a significant achievement. Diego De La Hoya is a rapidly rising danger in the super bantamweight division, and other contenders better take notice.