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Diego De La Hoya looks to impress Tonight
By German Villasenor, Dog House Boxing (Sept 4, 2015)

Diego De La Hoya
Los Angeles, CA- Tonight at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., super bantamweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (11-0, 7 KOs) faces battle-tested veteran Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (34-6-5, 23 KOs) for the vacant WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title.

The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and is the most important in De la Hoya’s young career.

The fight can be seen live on Estrella TV.

De La Hoya (Oscar's cousin) feels very good about the progress he’s making.

''I think it is going well, right now we are still in the stage of getting more experience, but after the fight on Friday we may start to talk about bigger and better things.'' said De La Hoya.

De La Hoya, normally a fast starter, has learned to pace himself.

''One of the biggest things for me has been to learn to be patient,” De La Hoya said. “Coming from an amateur background and moving up in rounds has taught me that you can’t rush every fight. You have to be prepared to go the full six, eight, ten rounds.''

De La Hoya knows that experience plays a big part in winning. He’s very pleased to have Joel Diaz in his corner.

''I think that with time and experience we have gotten to the level to fight fighters with more experience in the fighting game,” said the 21-year-old. “And because of this the fights are tougher and longer and we have to learn to adjust to a higher level of competition think my team has done a great job in preparing me for that level.''

Having a famous last name can be a mixed bag of good and bad.

''It can be both, some guys just want to fight me because of my name, and there also a lot of pressure to perform because of it” De La Hoya said. “I am very proud of my cousin’s accomplishments and what he has been able to do with his career, but now I am in the ring and I am ready to make my own legacy. ''

De La Hoya is happy to be fighting on free TV.

''I think that it is great honor to be in this position and I want to thank my team and Golden Boy Promotions for giving me this opportunity,” said De La Hoya. “I think that the new audience fits LA Fight Club and I am just excited to be part of this new chapter.''

The youngster feels his body is still growing, but would consider coming down in weight.

''Yes, I have been fighting at this weight for a long time and feel comfortable getting to this weight. It has not been difficult at all for me,” he said. “The plan for now is to stay at this weight class and see what happens, continue to build experience, but I think we may plan to come to one hundred eighteen pounds in the future.

“And see how I feel and then decide what the plan would be in terms of fighting for a title,” De La Hoya added.

De La Hoya refuses to take his upcoming opponent for granted.

''I know he is a Mexican fighter, that he will come prepared to fight, said De La Hoya. “I also know that his is very experienced so I am not taking him lightly. I feel my team has prepared me very well to face him on Friday.''

De La Hoya, managed by Joel (Oscar's brother) would like to send a message to his fans.

''Just thank you (all) for the opportunity and don’t forget to tune into my fight on Estrella TV.”

LA FIGHT CLUB: De La Hoya vs. Ruiz, is a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC Youth Featherweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The Estrella TV Viernes de Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, September 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.

Tickets, starting at $20 are available for purchase online at or by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page. For ticket information, email us at

The "Knockout Experience VIP Package" is also available for an additional $25 upgrade and includes VIP entrance, access to an exclusive lounge offering food and beverages for purchase; a meet and greet opportunity with fighters and celebrities attending the event, past guests have included Oscar De La Hoya, Kate Del Castillo, Mario Lopez, George Lopez, Lucas Matthysse, Randy Caballero and other stars have all made appearances in the past; an automatic entry into the LA FIGHT CLUB grand prize drawing, which can include but is not limited to: autograph gloves, picture in the ring, backstage access, tour of locker rooms, fighter ring walk, tickets to upcoming boxing events and additional merchandise and prizes.