Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Hopkins vs Hoya?
Bernard Hopkins beat Oscar De La Hoya by knockout in the 9th round on Saturday 18th September 2004 at MGM Grand in Nevada.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 160 pounds (11.4 stone or 72.6 KG).
This contest was for the unified middleweight championship of the world, with the WBC, WBA & IBF belts on the line.
Hopkins vs Hoya stats
Bernard Hopkins stepped into the ring with a record of 44 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, 31 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Oscar De La Hoya made his way to the ring with a record of 37 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 29 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Hoya had a slight advantage in power over Hopkins, with a 78% knock out percentage over Hopkins' 70%.
Bernard Hopkins was the older man by 8 years, at 57 years old.
Hopkins had a height advantage of 3 inches over Hoya. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Bernard Hopkins & Oscar De La Hoya fought out of an orthodox stance.
Hopkins was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 1988, 4 years and 1 month earlier than Hoya, whose first professional fight was in 1992. He had fought 206 more professional rounds, 514 to Hoya's 308.
Hoya's last 2 fights had come over a period of 17 years, 10 months and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 years, 11 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.5 rounds on average.
What time did Hopkins vs Hoya start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at MGM Grand, Nevada, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Hopkins vs Hoya?
Bernard Hopkins was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Oscar De La Hoya made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.