Oscar de la Hoya vs Fernando Vargas
De La Hoya did not fight for the 15 months and in this time the rivalry between him and WBA and IBA Light Middleweight Champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas (22--1) grew. They knew each other as amateurs and it is said the rivalry began when Vargas was angered by De La Hoya laughing at him after he fell into a snowbank. De La Hoya said he would never fight him. Eventually, however, De La Hoya accepted a match. The fight was scheduled for early 2002, but De La Hoya had to withdraw because of a hand injury."