Oscar De la Hoya vs Hector Camacho

On March 12, 1997, De La Hoya moved up to the welterweight division and fought Pernell Whitaker (40--1--1).[14] The fight proved to be a difficult one. De La Hoya won a disputed twelve round unanimous decision to capture the Lineal and WBC titles. He also became the Ring Magazine's number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter.[15]

On September 13, 1997, he defeated Héctor Camacho (63--3--1) by unanimous decision. On September 8, 1998, he fought a rematch with Julio César Chávez (100--2--2) and defeated him by eighth round TKO. In his next bout, he faced undefeated former WBA Welterweight Champion Ike Quartey (34--0--1) and won by split decision. He then defeated Oba Carr (48--2--1) by eleventh round TKO."