Junior featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya hoped to close 2017 with a fifth win of the year Thursday night, when he was supposed to face Jose Salgado in the scheduled 10-round main event of the "Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN" card at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
However, De La Hoya, a first cousin of Golden Boy Promotions CEO and International Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya, was so overweight at Wednesday's weigh-in that the fight was canceled.
With the fight contracted at 124 pounds, 2 pounds over the junior featherweight limit, De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs), 23, of Mexico, weighed in at 128½ pounds. Salgado (35-4-2, 28 KOs), 28, of Mexico, was 122 pounds.
According to Golden Boy Promotions, the teams tried to come to a financial agreement that would allow for the fight to go on, but they could not, and the bout was canceled.
The card (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET) will still go on with the original junior lightweight co-feature -- Carlos Morales vs. Dardan Zenunaj -- moving into the main event position.
Morales, 27, a Mexico native fighting out of Los Angeles, is seeking to rebound from a 10-round decision loss to Alberto Machado in August; Machado knocked out Jezreel Corrales in his next fight on Oct. 21 to win a world title. Zenunaj, 30, a Kosovo native also fighting out of Los Angeles, has won two fights in a row following two decision losses in a row.
Morales (16-2-3, 6 KOs) weighed in at the division limit of 130 pounds, and Zenunaj (14-3, 11 KOs) was 129 pounds.