De La Hoya Inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame
(CANASTOTA, N.Y.) -- Oscar De La Hoya was one of twelve members inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, outside of Syracuse, N.Y.
De La Hoya won 10 world titles, in six different weight classes, while also becoming an Olympic Champion in the 1992 Summer Games.
Also inducted were two former boxers, Felix "Tito" Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe, along with George Chaney, Charles Ledoux, Mike O'Dowd, Tom Allen, promoter Barry Hearn, referees Richard Steele and Eugene Corri, journalist Graham Houston, and Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer.
De La Hoya posted an amateur record of 223-5 with 153 knockouts before turning pro in 1992, following his Olympic gold in the lightweight division. The "Golden Boy" went 39-6 as a professional with 30 knockouts in his career. He won his first championship belt, the WBO super-featherweight, in just his 12th bout before winning titles in the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight division.
"Today marks an incredible personal achievement," said De La Hoya. "But it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans."
He established Golden Boy Promotions in 2002 before retiring in 2008 after a loss to Manny Pacquiao.
The 25th Hall of Fame class was selected by members of the Boxers Writing Association as well as a panel of international boxing historians.
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