Oscar De La Hoya
'The Golden Boy' of boxing
Oscar De La Hoya retired from professional boxing on April 14, 2009 after a career so successful that he became known as Golden Boy. Here are some highlights of the popular boxer's career:
- Gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics
- 6 professional world titles
'This is the love of my life, boxing is my passion, boxing is what I was born to do. When I can't do it anymore, when I can't compete at the highest level, it's not fair. It's not fair to me, it's not fair to the fans, it's not fair to nobody.' Oscar said on his retirement.
Background: Born in California to Mexican parentsBegan boxing: Five or six years oldIn the genes: His father and grandfather were both boxersAmateur career stats: 223-5 with 163 knockoutsFinal fight: December 6 2008 where La Hoya lost to Manny Pacquiao
Ongoing work: His company Golden Boy Promotions. First boxing promotion company run by a Hispanic.
Other achievements: Released an album named "Oscar" with EMI/Latin Records
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