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Diego De La Hoya looking to escape the shadow

Diego De La Hoya will take on Giovanni Delgado on one night before Cotto-Canelo in Las Vegas. (Photo: Golden Boy Promotions)

Diego De La Hoya will take on Giovanni Delgado on one night before Cotto-Canelo in Las Vegas. (Photo: Golden Boy Promotions)

Ever since he signed to Golden Boy Promotions, skepticism has existed about whether or not Diego De La Hoya is a legit prospect.

Despite a solid amateur career that saw him in close, exciting battles of with the likes of super prospects like Top Rank’s Oscar Valdez, most have been fixated on the fact that he is related to boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya.

But slowly he’s been brought along well with the competition getting incrementally tougher as he gains more experience.

His last fight saw him do battle with a former world title challenger in Jesus Ruiz. De La Hoya was in tough, but for the most part he was able to get the better of Ruiz in order to win the 10-round decision.

On Friday night, one night before Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto go to war in Las Vegas, Diego will be featured on a Golden Boy card just across the street at the Hard Rock Hotel.

De La Hoya will face Giovanni Delgado of Mexico, who is no world-beater, but another solid opponent as he continues his ascension up the super bantamweight ladder.

“I’ve been training hard for this fight on November 20 against Delgado,” De La Hoya said at his open media conference in Los Angeles. “I’m ready to make a name for myself, and create my own De La Hoya following. Oscar and everyone at Golden Boy Promotions have been great, but it is because of my own skill and talent that I’ve climbed the ranks.”

De La Hoya has passed all of his tests so far. He plans to continue that trend on Friday night.

“I know this is going to be another tough fight for me, but I know I will shine on Nov. 20,” De La Hoya said. “I am well prepared and ready to give fight fans the fight of the night.”

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