Originally created 02/13/98

De La Hoya wants to be seen at best



NEW YORK -- Oscar De La Hoya says he postponed a Feb. 28 fight because it would have been risky and he wants fans to see him at his best.

The WBC welterweight champion sprained his left wrist while sparring last Saturday, and his mandatory defense against Patrick Charpentier has been rescheduled to March 14 in the Trump Taj Mahal at Atlantic City, N.J.

"I don't want to go in any time and not give my all," De La Hoya said Thursday during a conference call from Palm Springs, Calif. "I want to give the people what they pay for."

While saying the injury was not serious, De La Hoya also said: "I could not have fought. It would have been very difficult because my left hand is my best hand."

Asked if he could have fought if the injury happened during the bout, he said: "Knowing me, I would have continued. I will never quit."

The fight on March 14 will be televised by HBO.

De La Hoya also plans to fight Yory Boy Campos of Mexico on pay-per-view in June. Campos, the IBF junior middleweight champion, will drop from 154 to 147 pounds to challenge De La Hoya.