De La Hoya to Fight Campas in May
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Oscar De La Hoya will take a May 3 tuneup fight against veteran Yory Boy Campas rather than wait until September to return to the ring in his rematch with Shane Mosley.
De La Hoya had not planned to fight until his Sept. 13 rematch with Mosley, but decided he would keep busy and fight Campas at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
The fight with the 31-year-old Campas (80-5, 68 knockouts) tops a Cinco de Mayo weekend card that will include a title defense by World Boxing Council featherweight champion Erik Morales against Bobby Boy Velardez.
De La Hoya (35-2, 28 knockouts) last fought Sept. 14 when he stopped Fernando Vargas in the 11th round to add the WBA 154-pound title to the WBC title he already held. Before that, he had gone 15 months without a fight and had talked of retirement.
Campas is a former IBF 154-pound champion who lost the title on a seventh round knockout to Vargas.