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Oscar De La Hoya

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Biography:

Originally dubbed “The Golden Boy” after fulfilling his mother’s dying wish by winning gold for the United States in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics and until his retirement in 2009, Oscar De La Hoya has been a knockout in the sport of boxing. An ambitious and versatile boxer, De La Hoya is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame after defeating 17 world champions and winning ten world titles in six different weight classes during his career.

Sports Speaker Oscar De La Hoya is a clear choice with titles such as “Fighter of the Year” in 1995 and top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997 and 1998 by The Ring. Aside from his notable standing, he is also boxing history’s highest revenue boxer with a 696 million dollar pay-per-view income.

De La Hoya’s controversial match against rival Felix Trinidad is famous for being one of the largest pay-per-view events in history, in which De La Hoya defended his Lineal and WBC welterweight titles. With the majority of the first six rounds being subjugated by De La Hoya, his corner instructed him to shut down his offense against Trinidad in the last few rounds with the belief that De La Hoya was guaranteed to win. Despite the fact that De La Hoya still managed to land more than 100 punches, Trinidad was awarded the majority decision. Suspicions about the fairness of the judges’ scorecards came under scrutiny, leading many fans and boxing analysts to demand for a rematch. Although a rematch never took place, they now accompany each other in the Boxing Hall of Fame’s 25th class, alongside their contemporary Joe Calzaghe.

Outside of the ring, De La Hoya remains worthy of a world-class title with the establishment of his combat sport professional firm Golden Boy Promotions, making him the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. In addition, he is a minority in the boxing industry with his decision to undertake promotional obligations while he was still active.

With an impressive record, a trophy case of titles, and a business orientation, this “Golden Boy” deserves membership into boxing’s most elite league of competitors: the International Boxing Hall of Fame.