Oscar de la Hoya (born February 4, 1973) — nicknamed "The Golden Boy" — is an Mexican American boxer and promoter who won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games. De La Hoya comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr., and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers, but it was Oscar who took his boxing talent to superstar status. De La Hoya became Ring Magazine's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine's top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997. De La Hoya has defeated seventeen world champions and has won ten world titles in six different weight classes. He has also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport. De La Hoya's amateur career included 223 wins, 163 by way of knockout, with only 5 losses. He won the United States' only boxing gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, by knocking down his opponent; a win which he dedicated to his deceased mother. De La Hoya is also the founder of Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm. He is the first American of Hispanic descent to own a national boxing promotional firm and one of only a handful of boxers in history who have taken on promotional responsibilities while still active.
Mega Fight with ChavezOscar De la Hoya had the oppurtunity to fight the great mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez for his WBC Super Lightweight championship, a match where De la Hoya was an underdog he gave an upset to the great chavez by a referee stoppage in the end of the third round.
The fight saw De La Hoya take a great lead, and in the sixth, he knocked Quartey down with a left hook. Quartey built a lead later in the fight, but in the twelfth round, De La Hoya knocked Quartey down a second time and dominated him till the final bell, winning the fight by split decision. This win and the effort shown in the final round, won De La Hoya wide critical acclaim. .
The fight took place on September 18, 1999 in Las Vegas. Many observers believed that De La Hoya had clearly outboxed Trinidad for the first nine rounds and was ahead on the judge's scorecards. So on the advice of his corner, De La Hoya chose to circle away and not fight back for the last three rounds, allowing Trinidad to land a few solid punches. When the scores were announced, Trinidad had won a majority decision, even though Compubox punch analysis credited De La Hoya with landing 263 punches to Trinidad's 166 punches. The AP also scored the bout 115-113 in favor of De La Hoya. De La Hoya was widely panned for the way he fought the last three rounds and his behavior after the Oscars.
In 2000 De La Hoya's stock had not fallen very much despite his loss to Trinidad. In June he faced explosive former world lightweight champion Shane Mosley who he had lost to as an amateur. De La Hoya, utilising tremendous hand speed and power, won a 12-round split decision over mosley in Los Angeles to claim the WBC welterweight title and unofficial moniker of pound-for-pound king, but the judges thought otherwise and awarded the decision to mosley. A 2003 rematch resulted in another victory for De La Hoya,that was even more convincing, According to Compubox, De La Hoya landed 221 of 616 (36%) total punches to 127 of 496 (26%) for Mosley. Again, the judges thougtht otherwise and awarded mosley the decision.
Victor Conte, the founder of Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), has since accused Mosley of knowingly taking performance enhancing drugs prior to the 2003 bout against De La Hoya. He told the Los Angeles Times that Shane Mosley knew "exactly and precisely what he was doing" when he utilized BALCO's services. Jeff Novitzky, a lead investigator on the BALCO case, reported that document seized from the lab show that Mosley received "the clear" and "the cream", both designer steroids. Mosley maintains that he believed the products he was using from BALCO were legal vitamins and is suing Conte for libel. In May 2008, Mosley's former trainer, Derryl Hudson, supported Conte's allegations against Mosley. In a declaration that was used in Conte's motion to have the lawsuit dismissed, Hudson wrote, "I know that Mr. Mosley was aware that the performance-enhancing drugs provided to him by Mr. Conte were banned drugs because I discussed that fact with Mr. Mosley both during and after our visit to BALCO,"
The unification bout, labeled "Bad Blood", finally took place on September 14, 2002, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. For the first six rounds, the fight was even, with Vargas landing punches along the ropes in the odd rounds, while De La Hoya outboxed him in the even rounds. De La Hoya took over the fight in the seventh round, and hurt Vargas with a left hook in the tenth. Then in the next round, De La Hoya knocked him down with a left hook, and stopped him moments later. The win is widely considered to be the biggest win of De La Hoya's career. Vargas later tested positive for stanozolol after the fight.
De La Hoya then defended his unified title against Yori Boy Campas (KO 6), before facing Shane Mosley in a rematch. The rematch, billed as "Retribution" and staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was much more of a boxing match than their first match, and many rounds were close, but many were still shocked when Mosley won a close unanmious decision, with all judges scoring the bout 115-113 in his favor.
De la Hoya then challenged for the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight championship and unsuccessfully defended his WBO title against modern legend Bernard Hopkins, then universally considered the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, on September 18, 2004 in Las Vegas. Although the fight was fought at a catchweight of 157 pounds, many thought De La Hoya was way too small for the weight class and Hopkins was considered a heavy favorite.
Despite the odds and the fact that he was fighting with a cut on his left palm, De La Hoya fought a smart fight and was actually ahead 77-75 on one scorecard in the ninth round when Hopkins hit him a left hook to the liver, knocking De La Hoya down and resulting in the first knockout of De La Hoya's career. De la Hoya later said that he wasn't dizzy at all, but that he couldn't get up because the pain of a well placed livershot is unbearable. Despite this De La Hoya made over thirty million dollars from the fight, and months later Hopkins became a partner in De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.
In early 2007, De La Hoya signed to defend his title against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., the man considered to be, pound for pound, the best fighter in the world. The fight sold out in three hours, and was hyped by a twelve city press tour and the critically acclaimed HBO series "De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7". Mayweather was considered a two to one favorite in the fight.
The fight finally took place on May 5, 2007. De La Hoya pressed the fight throughtout all the rounds, doing his best when he used his lead left jab, De La Hoya did rally in the final round and to the majority of the people, he had clearly won the fight, but when the scorecards were announced, Mayweather was given the decision. De La Hoya was widely praised for his performance,while mayweather was bood for running throughout the fight.
Mayweather then immediatly announced his retirement, which arose many questions, like was he scared of oscar, or was he negotiating for more money on the remach. After the retirement of Mayweather, Ricky Hatton was the new potential candidate to fight De La Hoya on September 20th. However, Hatton rejected the offer because he felt the scheduled date was too close to his last bout. He decided to pass on a fight in September to set the stage for a showdown against either Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto.
Amateur record: 224-5
|Won 39 (KOs 30)||Lost 5|| Drawn 0 |
! Total 44
|2008-05-03||Steve Forbes||33-5-0||Carson, California, U.S. |
> bgcolor=CCFFCC |W UD 12
|2007-05-05||Floyd Mayweather Jr. ||37-0-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||L SD 12|
|2006-05-06||Ricardo Mayorga ||28-5-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 6|
|2004-09-18||Bernard Hopkins ||44-2-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||L KO 9|
|2004-06-05||Felix Sturm ||20-0-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W UD 12|
|2003-09-13||Shane Mosley |
|38-2-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||L UD 12|
|2003-05-03||Luis Ramon Campas |
|80-5-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 7|
|2002-09-14||Fernando Vargas |
|22-1-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 11|
|2001-06-23||Javier Castillejo ||51-4-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W UD 12|
|2001-03-24||Arturo Gatti||33-4-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 5|
|2000-06-17||Shane Mosley ||34-0-0||Los Angeles, California, U.S.||L SD 12|
|2000-02-26||Derrell Coley||34-1-2||New York, New York, U.S.||W KO 7|
|1999-09-18||Felix Trinidad |
|35-0-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||L MD 12|
|1999-05-22||Oba Carr ||48-2-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 11|
|1999-02-13||Ike Quartey ||34-0-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W SD 12|
|1998-09-18||Julio César Chávez ||101-2-2||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W RTD 8|
|1998-06-13||Patrick Charpentier ||27-4-1||El Paso, Texas, U.S.||W TKO 3|
|1997-12-06||Wilfredo Rivera ||27-2-1||Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||W TKO 8|
|1997-09-13||Hector Camacho ||64-3-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W UD 12|
|1997-06-14||David Kamau ||28-1-0||San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||W KO 2|
|1997-04-12||Pernell Whitaker ||40-1-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W UD 12|
|1997-01-18||Miguel Angel Gonzalez ||41-0-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W UD 12|
|1996-06-07||Julio César Chávez ||97-1-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 4|
|1996-02-09||Darryl Tyson||47-8-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W KO 2|
|1995-12-15||Jesse James Leija ||30-1-2||New York, New York, U.S.||W TKO 2|
|1995-09-09||Genaro Hernandez ||32-0-1||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 6|
|1995-05-06||Rafael Ruelas ||43-1-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 2|
|1995-02-18||Juan Molina ||36-3-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W UD 12|
|1994-12-10||John Avila ||20-1-1||Los Angeles, California, U.S.||W TKO 9|
|1994-11-18||Carl Griffith ||28-3-2||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 3|
|1994-07-29||Jorge Paez ||53-6-4||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W KO 2|
|1994-05-27||Giorgio Campanella ||21-0-0||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 3|
|1994-03-05||Jimmi Bredahl ||16-0-0||Los Angeles, California, U.S.||W TKO 10|
|1993-10-30||Narciso Valenzuela||35-13-2||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||W KO 1|
|1993-08-27||Angelo Nuñez||10-4-3||Beverly Hills, California, U.S.||W TKO 4|
|1993-08-14||Renaldo Carter||27-4-1||Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.||W TKO 6|
|1993-06-07||Troy Dorsey||15-7-4||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 1|
|1993-05-08||Frank Avelar||15-3-0||Primm, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 4|
|1993-04-06||Mike Grable||13-1-2||Rochester, New York, U.S.||W UD 8|
|1993-03-13||Jeff Mayweather||23-2-2||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||W TKO 4|
|1993-02-06||Curtis Strong||14-6-2||San Diego, California, U.S.||W TKO 4|
|1993-01-03||Paris Alexander||15-6-2||Hollywood, California, U.S.||W TKO 2|
|1992-12-12||Clifford Hicks||13-6-0||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||W KO 1|
|1992-11-23||Lamar Williams||5-1-1||Inglewood, California, U.S.||W KO 1|
Became the wealthiest fighter of all-time after fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Totals: 11,665,000 buys, generating $594.3 million.
On October 5, 2001, De La Hoya married Millie Corretjer. They have two children: son Oscar Gabriel (b. December 29, 2005) and daughter Nina Lauren Nenitte (b. December 29, 2007 in San Juan, Puerto Rico).
In 2002 De la Hoya produced a boxing show on American cable channel HBO: a Spanish-language boxing show called Boxeo de Oro.
In 2004 he debuted a clothing line of casual, and active-inspired apparel through Mervyns department stores. In the summer of 2004, De La Hoya starred in and hosted a boxing reality television series on Fox and Fox Sports Net titled The Next Great Champ.
In 2005, Golden Boy Enterprises announced the formation of Golden Boy Partners, a company focused on urban development in Latino communities.
In late 2007, photographs featuring De La Hoya cross-dressed in company of a woman not his wife were posted on a tabloid website and received extensive publicity across the internet. De la Hoya has denied the authenticity of the photos. His lawyer stated, "The photographs depicting Mr. De La Hoya's image that were posted online today by an obscure paparazzi Web site are fake. Many of the Web site's viewers (as reflected in postings on the site) identified the photos as 'a really bad photoshop job.' Unfortunately, with today's technology, anyone can make any photo seem like something other than it is. In September 2007, Mila Dravnel, the woman who sold the photographs, recanted her allegations against De La Hoya and denied the authenticity of the photographs. However, in May 2008, Dravnel sued De La Hoya for slander, but she dropped the lawsuit after experts determined the photographs had been digitally doctored.
On May 1, 2007, the Staples Center sports arena announced that a seven-foot-tall bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya will join similar tributes to Los Angeles sports stars Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
De La Hoya started a charitable foundation to help underprivileged youth to education. In 2008, he donated $3.5 million to the De La Hoya Animo Charter High School.
In June, 2008, De La Hoya published his autobiography entitled "American Son".
He is a member of the 2008 United States Olympic Hall of Fame
Oscar De La Hoya is on the front covers of the PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP versions of EASports' Fight Night Round 3.
In 2008, De La Hoya starred in a commercial alongside several Mexican boxing champions for Pronosticos lottery in Mexico. The 300 film inspired commercial featured the Mexican champions battling giants and other large creatures.