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Diego De La Hoya misses weight, ESPN main event canceled

Diego De La Hoya isn’t ending 2017 on a high note.

Randy Caballero v Diego De La Hoya Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Super bantamweight prospect and emerging contender Diego De La Hoya didn’t even take to the scales today in California, and tomorrow night’s scheduled ESPN2 main event against Jose Salgado has been canceled.

The show itself will go on, with Carlos Morales facing Dardan Zenunaj in the new main event. It’s not the most appetizing headliner, as Morales (16-2-3, 6 KO) is coming off of a loss to Alberto Machado, and Zenunaj (14-3, 11 KO) was seen as a “get well” matchup for him coming in. But the show will at least go on.

De La Hoya, 23, had something a solid year in 2017, going to 20-0 (9 KO) and scoring a career-best win over Randy Caballero on the September 16 Canelo-Golovkin pay-per-view.

The fight with Salgado was supposed to be a 124-pound catchweight bout, and The Desert Sun reports that De La Hoya was believed to be about four pounds overweight today, but that is an estimate.

It will now have to be worked out if this was a slip-up by De La Hoya, or if he’s simply grown out of the 122-pound division before he could reach the highest levels. It happens, and a move to 126 could be coming in 2018.

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