Heavily favored Diego De La Hoya took care of business Friday night against Arturo Badillo in the featherweight main event at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
De La Hoya (14-0, eight knockouts) won with a knockout in the fourth round after a vicious left hook to the body that eventually ended Badillo's night. However, that wasn't the only left he landed well, via Golden Boy Promotions:
.@DiegoDeLaHoya's epic hook! 👀 #Combonations 👊🏽💥 #LAFightClub https://t.co/Xvo6uhavY12016-2-20 04:55:36
At one point in time, this fight might have been closer. Badillo (20-10, 19 KOs) fought for the 2011 World Boxing Association super flyweight belt, but now has lost six fights in a row and nine out of his past 10.
That wasn't the case Friday night, however, as this one belonged to De La Hoya, the cousin of former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.
Diego posed with Oscar (who also is his promoter) after the victory, via Golden Boy Promotions:
Living up to the #DeLaHoya legacy! Congratulation's @DiegoDeLaHoya 👊🏽💥 #StillUndefeated https://t.co/yJVU8P1pCr2016-2-20 05:08:01
Weighing in at 126.0 pounds, De La Hoya controlled most of the match against the 124.5-pound Badillo in his first fight of 2016, per Boxingscene.com: "De La Hoya broke down Badillo with punishment to the body, round after round, until a hook close [sic] the show in the fourth which sent Badillo down for the full count."
The 21-year-old victor talked the strategy that led to his win, per BoxingNews24.com:
At first, the excitement got the best of me and I was trying to look for a knockout but in the second round I realized I was going to play in to his game. I decided to change the pace and take my time and just play to safe. By the third round, I realized he was getting tired and that’s when I decided to take advantage and dedicate the third round to knocking him out.
Badillo, who has not won a fight since 2013, acknowledged De La Hoya was just too much for him, per BoxingNews24.com:
I knew about Diego de la Hoya’s fighting style, and I was prepared to fight a very tough opponent. I felt comfortable in the ring in the first couple of rounds. I don’t feel hurt, but that shot in the liver really harmed me. Unfortunately, those things happen and all I can do is go back to the gym and train for my next fight.
De La Hoya obviously takes after his cousin as he continues to be one of the rising stars in the sport. It's most likely only a matter of time before he starts to take center stage and fight for championships just like Oscar.