Oscar De La Hoya

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Oscar De La Hoya
Class of 2014
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio: [1]

Name: Oscar De La Hoya
Alias: Golden Boy
Born: 1973-02-04
Birthplace: Montebello, California, USA
Hometown: Los Angeles, California, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 10½″   /   179cm
Reach: 73″   /   185cm
Boxing Record: click
Promoting Record: click

Trainers: Robert Alcazar (1992-2000), Jesus Rivero (1996-1997), Emanuel Steward (1997), Gil Clancy (1997-1999), Floyd Mayweather Sr. (2000-2006, 2008), Freddie Roach (2007), Nacho Beristain (2008), Angelo Dundee (2008)
Managers: Robert Middleman & Steve Nelson (1992-1993), self-managed (1993-2008)
Oscar De La Hoya Gallery

Amateur Highlights

Record: 223-5

Awards & Recognition

World Title Notes

Miscellaneous

  • Dedicated his 1992 Olympic Gold Medal to his mother, who died of cancer in 1990. De La Hoya gave the medal to promoter Bob Arum as a birthday gift in 1996. [4]
  • The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation was created in 1995. The Foundation offers the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center, and the Oscar De La Hoya Children's Medical Center.
  • Vacated the IBF lightweight title in 1995, choosing to fight Genaro Hernandez instead of IBF #1 contender Miguel Julio. De La Hoya said Julio was "a fighter who nobody knows." In 1999, IBF president Bob Lee and three others were indicted on charges of taking at least $338,000 in bribes from promoters and managers to mandate fights and rig rankings. According to the indictment, Julio's mandated bout was purchased. [5]
  • Named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1997.
  • A woman brought civil charges against De La Hoya in 1998 for allegedly raping her at his condo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in 1996 when she was 15. She sought $10 million in damages. De La Hoya denied the rape but settled out of court with the woman "for a very low amount of money." Criminal charges were never filed. [6]
  • Another woman accused De La Hoya of rape in 1999. His attorney said, "The true facts are that three individuals created a disturbance at Mr. De La Hoya's house....Apparently one of those individuals thereafter made a false report in order to embarrass Mr. De La Hoya." An investigation by Los Angeles police failed to show evidence supporting the allegations and the case was closed. [7] [8]
  • The Ring ranked De La Hoya as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world from 1997 to 1999.
  • Knocked out Derrell Coley in a WBC welterweight title eliminator on February 26, 2000. After WBC/IBF welterweight champion Felix Trinidad defeated David Reid to win the WBA super welterweight championship on March 3, 2000, the WBC named De La Hoya the new welterweight champion. De La Hoya lost the title to Shane Mosley on June 17, 2000. [9]
  • After losing to Mosley, De La Hoya said, "Everybody, including Bob Arum, makes more money off a rematch which is why I lost, but that just goes to show you how boxing is and I’m going to have to re-think my whole career and what I’m going to do now." [10]
  • Released a self-titled album in 2000. The album peaked at #121 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. [11]
  • Arum said: "If his album is a success, I would be the happiest person out there, because I would hope he would go into the music business full time. I really like the kid. Why would I want to see him get hit in the head anymore?" De La Hoya responded: "I was very surprised and disappointed by Bob’s recent comments to the press stating that I should retire from boxing. I am as committed to boxing as I have ever been, and I want my next fight to be a rematch with Shane Mosley. However, it would be very difficult to go forward with my career without the unconditional support of my promoter." [12]
  • Sued to end his promotional contract of eight years with Bob Arum in August of 2000. Five months later, a judge granted De La Hoya's request for a summary judgment, making De La Hoya's contract with Arum null and void. The judge granted the judgment based on three points: (1) That Arum had not properly followed California requirements for filing a promoter's contract (2) That Arum was, in effect, De La Hoya's manager as well, but did not have a California manager's license (3) That Arum's eight-year relationship with De La Hoya violated state limits of three years for a promoter's contract, five years for a manager's contract and seven years for a personal-services contract. [13]
  • Acknowledged that he and Arum made a lot of money together" but De La Hoya couldn't get over his feeling that Arum also deprived him of "millions and millions of dollars." [14]
  • After his court victory over Arum, De La Hoya said he had "defeated one of the biggest Jews to come out of Harvard." He later apologized, saying, "I did not mean to insult Bob Arum and his family or any ethnic or religious group in any way. I humbly apologize to anyone the remarks offended." [15]
  • Resigned with Arum in late 2001. "It is not as binding as the old contract was," Arum said. "I'm happy with it and Oscar is happy with it." [16]
  • After losing two out of three fights in 1999 and 2000, De La Hoya hired Floyd Mayweather Sr. as his trainer. De La Hoya refused to take blame for the losses. "Don't blame me. Blame all the trainers that I had," he said. "I won a lot of titles on natural talent. I can run as far as I can by myself, but if someone is not teaching me, then I am not progressing." [17]
  • Established Golden Boy Promotions in 2002. [18]
  • Was both executive producer and on-screen mentor for the 2004 Fox reality boxing series The Next Great Champ. The series was rushed into production after Fox lost a bidding war with NBC to acquire The Contender, producer Mark Burnett's reality boxing series. The Next Great Champ was canceled after four episodes. The remaining six episodes aired on Fox Sports Net. [19]
  • On a 2005 episode of the ESPN Classic program Who's #1?, De La Hoya was named the 17th most overrated sports figure of all-time. [20]
  • Released his autobiography, American Son: My Story, in 2007.
  • Bought The Ring in 2007 for $7 million. [21]
  • Became co-owner of the Houston Dynamos soccer team in 2008.
  • Officially announced his retirement on April 14, 2009, citing his inability to perform at the sport's highest level. [22]
  • Entered rehab for alcohol and cocaine abuse in 2011. In a candid interview with Univision, he discussed his substance abuse and marital infidelities. He admitted that pictures of him in drag, which were taken by a stripper and released in 2007, were authentic. At the time of their release, he claimed the pictures were photoshopped. “I am tired now of lying,” he said. “Of lying to the public and of lying to myself.” [23]
  • Told ESPNNewYork.com that he came close to ending his retirement and headlining the October 20, 2012 show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. "I think about making a comeback every single day. I went running, I went training, did that for a few days. But my body couldn't handle it. I'm 39, but I'm an old 39. [24]

Pay-Per-View History

1. Rafael Ruelas (5/6/1995) 330,000 buys and $9.9 million in revenue
2. Genaro Hernandez (9/9/1995) 220,000 buys and $6.6 million in revenue
3. Miguel Angel Gonzalez (1/18/1997) 345,000 buys and $12.1 million in revenue
4. Pernell Whitaker (4/12/1997) 720,000 buys and $28.8 million in revenue
5. Hector Camacho (9/13/1997) 560,000 buys and $22.4 million in revenue
6. Wilfredo Rivera (12/6/1997) 240,000 buys and $9.6 million in revenue
7. Julio Cesar Chavez II (9/18/1998) 525,000 buys and $23.6 million in revenue
8. Ike Quartey (2/13/1999) 570,000 buys and $25.7 million in revenue
9. Felix Trinidad (9/18/1999) 1.4 million buys and $71.4 million in revenue
10. Shane Mosley (6/17/2000) 590,000 buys and $29.5 million in revenue
11. Javier Castillejo (6/23/2001) 400,000 buys and $16 million in revenue
12. Fernando Vargas (9/14/2002) 935,000 buys and $47.8 million in revenue
13. Yory Boy Campas (5/3/2003) 350,000 buys and $17.5 million in revenue
14. Shane Mosley II (9/13/2003) 950,000 buys and $48.4 million in revenue
15. Felix Sturm (6/5/2004) 380,000 buys and $19 million in revenue
16. Bernard Hopkins (9/18/2004) 1 million buys and $56 million in revenue
17. Ricardo Mayorga (5/6/2006) 935,000 buys and $46.3 million in revenue
18. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (5/5/2007) 2.15 million buys and $120 million in revenue
19. Manny Pacquiao (12/6/2008) 1.25 million buys and $70 million in revenue

Totals: 13.85 million buys and $680.6 million in revenue [25]


Preceded by:
Jimmi Bredahl
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
1994 Mar 5 – 1994 Jul 29
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Regilio Tuur
Preceded by:
Giovanni Parisi
Vacated
WBO Lightweight Champion
1994 Jul 29 – 1996
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Artur Grigorian
Preceded by:
Rafael Ruelas
IBF Lightweight Champion
1995 May 6 – 1995 Jul
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Philip Holiday
Preceded by:
Julio Cesar Chavez
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
1996 Jun 7 – 1997 Apr 12
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Kostya Tszyu
Preceded by:
Pernell Whitaker
WBC Welterweight Champion
1997 Apr 12 – 1999 Sep 18
Succeeded by:
Felix Trinidad
Preceded by:
Felix Trinidad
Vacated
WBC Welterweight Champion
2000 Mar 4 – 2000 Jun 17
Succeeded by:
Shane Mosley
Preceded by:
Javier Castillejo
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
2001 Jun 23 – 2003 Sep 13
Succeeded by:
Shane Mosley
Preceded by:
Fernando Vargas
Lost bid for Super Championship
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
2002 Sep 14 – 2003 Sep 13
Super Champion
Succeeded by:
Shane Mosley
Super Champion
Preceded by:
Felix Sturm
WBO Middleweight Champion
2004 Jun 5 – 2004 Sep 18
Succeeded by:
Bernard Hopkins
Preceded by:
Ricardo Mayorga
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
2006 May 6 – 2007 May 5
Succeeded by:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.