WBC declares de la Hoya welterweight champion
Tuesday 21 March 2000
The World Boxing Council on Monday declared US fighter Oscar de la Hoya the new welterweight champion of the world after reigning champion Felix Trinidad, of Puerto Rico, renounced the title.
Trinidad is moving to a higher weight category.
De la Hoya, 32-1 with 26 career knockouts, will defend the title against Shane Mosley, who is now the official challenger in the welterweight category, the WBC announced in a news release.
Trinidad announced on Sunday in Puerto Rico that he would give up the title and continue his career in the super welterweight category.
Trinidad is the super welterweight champion of the World Boxing Association, a title he won last month against US fighter David Reid.
The WBC sent a representative to Los Angeles to officially present the world champion belt to de La Hoya in a special ceremony.
Trinidad, undefeated in 37 fights, delivered De la Hoya's only defeat in a fight for the welterweight title on September 18, 1999, winning a controversial split decision.
Latest in Sport
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin on Sky Sports Box Office?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does the fight start and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Only 132 pubs in the United Kingdom will show the fight - so where can you watch it?
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
- 5 Teen suffers embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in front of deputy PM
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...