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Born in East Los Angeles on February 4, 1973 to Mexican immigrant parents Oscar De La Hoya was known as "The Golden Boy" with his surprising gold medal win in the 1992 Olympic Games. He started boxing at the young age of 6 with his brother and cousins. He recalled My brother put a pair of boxing gloves on me and the other pair on one of my cousins" his father Joel Sr., worked as a warehouse clerk for a heating and cooling company and his mother, Cecilia was a seamstress. De La Hoya also had a sister named Cecilia. Young de la Hoya began winning his frist competitions at the age of 11 and started winning money at age12. ...read more.


His good looks, rags-to-riches life story, and charming personality made him one of the public's best known and most liked boxers." I want to make history," he told Sport magazine, "I want to win seven world championships in seven different weight classes from 130 pounds to 168 pounds." However, De La Hoya's success has not made him popular with some members of the Hispanic community. In 1996 De La Hoya beat the famous Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, his boyhood boxing idol, in a bloody battle for the World Boxing Council super lightweight title. A few Hispanics were disenchanted by the Golden Boy's beating of there hero. ...read more.


Despite a few losses he continues to be on top of the welterweight division and is regarded as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. AWARDS U.S. National Junior Champion, 1988; 125-pound champion, Golden Gloves competition, 1989; gold medalist, U.S. Olympic Cup, 1990; gold medalist, Goodwill Games, 1990; gold medalist, U.S. National Championships, 1990; gold medalist, USA vs. Olympic Festival, 1991; gold medalist, USA vs. Boxing National Champions, 1991; gold medalist, USA vs. Bulgaria, 1992; gold medalist, USA vs. Hungary, 1992; gold medalist, World Challenge, 1992; gold medalist, Olympic Games, 1992; Junior Lightweight Title and later Lightweight Title, World Boxing Organization, 1994; Lightweight Title, International Boxing Federation, 1995; Super Lightweight Title, World Boxing Council, 1996; Welterweight Title, World Boxing Council, 1997; Junior Middleweight Title, World Boxing Council, 2001; Grammy nomination for Oscar De La Hoya, 2001. ...read more.

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