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De La Hoya fights for zeros, title

Oscar De La Hoya got the gold. Now he's ready to rake in the green.

Even De La Hoya's head is reeling a little at the blur of time since he was the only American to win a boxing gold medal at the 1992 Olympics.

"For a fighter in his first year as a pro to be fighting for all those zeros, I don't think any other fighter in his first year has done this," said De La Hoya, who gets his first title shot tonight.

There will five zeros in De La Hoya's paycheck, as in $500,000, when he challenges World Boxing Organization junior lightweight champion Jimmi Bredahl of Denmark. De La Hoya is 11-0 and has been fighting as a pro since November 1992.

"I will become a champion, develop myself and this fight will be good experience for me," De La Hoya said. "I feel confident, ready, very strong."

De La Hoya is heavily favored. Bredahl has a 16-0 record, with five knockouts. The champion from Copenhagen is being paid $50,000 for the title defense, his second.

Their fight is one of two title matches on the card at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, the storied arena that was built in 1924, closed in 1987, and reopens tonight.

In another battle of unbeatens, IBF super middleweight champion James Toney (41-0-2, 27 knockouts) defends his title against top-ranked contender Tim Littles (24-0, 15 knockouts).

TONIGHT

Who: Oscar de la Hoya (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. Jimmi Bredahl (16-0, 5 KOs).

On the line: Bredahl's WBO junior lightweight championship.

Where: Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles.

Paydays: De la Hoya $500,000; Bredahl $50,000.

Also on the card: IBF super-middleweight champion James Toney (41-0-2, 27 KOs) defends against top-ranked contender Tim Littles (24-0, 15 KOs).

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