Ike Quartey: The 'Bazooka' Who Packed a Punch
Oscar De La Hoya, the legendary boxer who fought some of the best in his generation, has revealed who hit him the hardest in the ring. While he shared the ring with the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao, it was none other than Ike Quartey, nicknamed 'Bazooka,' who left the biggest impact on De La Hoya.
Quartey's Powerful Punches and Consistent Jab
De La Hoya described Quartey's punches as powerful and compared them to bricks. Every punch from Quartey would sting and rattle him, leaving a lasting impression. Additionally, Quartey's jab was not only powerful but also incredibly consistent, making him a formidable opponent.
A Battle for the WBC Welterweight Title
The memorable encounter between De La Hoya and Quartey took place in 1999 when they fought for the WBC welterweight title. The match was filled with back and forth action, with Quartey dropping De La Hoya in the third round with thunderous left hooks. Both fighters hit the canvas in the sixth round, and De La Hoya evened the score with two knockdowns each in the last round. Ultimately, De La Hoya secured a split-decision victory.
Quartey's Career and De La Hoya's Retirement
Quartey, who won the WBA title in 1994, continued boxing until 2006 but retired following his defeat to Winky Wright. De La Hoya, a six-division champion and one of the greats of his era, was forced into retirement by Manny Pacquiao in 2008. He now promotes boxing under his Golden Boy banner and works with rising star Ryan Garcia.