When the madness of Black Friday subsides on Friday, November 23, boxing fans will be treated to a night of boxing classics on FOX Deportes as Golden Boy Promotions presents four of the most memorable bouts of this era beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
The main event of the evening will showcase the two-fight series between “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez with replays of their 1996 and 1998 battles. Plus, the telecast will revisit one of boxing’s great rivalries with the two middle bouts of the action packed four-fight series between Mexican countrymen Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez and Rafael “Rafa” Marquez.
It was a clash between the young gun and the old lion when unbeaten superstar De La Hoya and one of Mexico’s true boxing greats Chavez met in Las Vegas on June 7, 1996. The highly anticipated and memorable battle was a short one as a severe cut suffered by Chavez gave De La Hoya a fourth round technical knockout victory. Two years later, on September 18, 1998, the two met again in one of the biggest fights of that year, with “The Golden Boy” again emerging victorious over the Hall of Famer, this time by an eighth round stoppage.
After meeting once in March of 2007, with Marquez halting Vazquez in seven rounds, Vazquez was eager for a payback in their second meeting. He got his chance on August 4, 2007 when he scored a stirring sixth round technical knockout win over his countryman in a bout voted 2007 “Fight of the Year” by The Ring Magazine. Now with the score even, Vazquez would pull ahead in the series on March 1, 2008 with a 12 round split decision win in another thrilling “Fight of the Year” which came down to the final seconds of the last round, solidifying Marquez’s and Vazquez’s rivalry in the boxing history books.