Diego De La Hoya remained undefeated on Friday with a seventh-round TKO of Jose Salgado in a junior featherweight match scheduled for 10 rounds. The bout was the main event of a Golden Boy on ESPN card at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Salgado (35-5-2, 28 KOs) and De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KOs) were originally scheduled to fight on Dec. 14, 2017, but when De La Hoya failed to make the contracted weight, the fight was canceled.
The 28-year-old Salgado did a lot of trash talking leading up to Friday's fight, claiming that De La Hoya failed to make weight on the original date because he was afraid. However, the journeyman from Cozumel, Mexico, could not live up to his boasts inside the ring.
Mexicali's De La Hoya, 22, dished out a one-sided beating from the start, applying steady pressure and connecting with clean blows to the head and body in every round.
An accidental clash of heads opened a cut over Salgado's right eye in the second round, and he was cut over the left eye in the fifth.
In several rounds, Salgado stood and traded punches with De La Hoya in an effort to turn the fight in his favor, but he always got the worst of it. His blows appeared to have little power behind them, while De La Hoya's were crisp and sharp.
In the co-feature, Travell "Black Magic" Mazion (13-0, 11 KOs) won a unanimous eight-round decision over Daquan Paulo (17-2, 9 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout. The scores in Mazion's favor were 78-74, 77-75 and 77-75.
Paulo, from Orlando, Florida, got off to a decent start, stalking his backpedaling rival in the early rounds and landing several jolting counter-rights to the head.
Mazion, a 22-year old from Austin, Texas, became more aggressive the second half of the bout, utilizing his longer reach to tag Paulo with jabs and quick combinations.
Paulo, 25, landed a few more rights in the final round but was outworked by the busier Mazion.