Oscar de la Hoya "The Golden Boy"

By: Harley Holcombe

Oscar de la Hoya (1973-

Oscar De La Hoya is a retired Mexican American professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Golden Boy,"

De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from James A. Garfield High School.

Oscar de la Hoya was named The Ring's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine's top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997 & 1998.

De La Hoya has defeated 17 world champions and has won 10 world titles in 6 different weight class.

In June 2008, De La Hoya published his autobiography entitled "American Son".

De La Hoya officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference held in Los Angeles on April 14, 2009.

De La Hoya founded 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 the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.

In 2006, De La Hoya authorized a children's picture book titled Super Oscar, published by Simon & Schuster and released in his name. The book was written by noted children's author, Mark Shulman and illustrated by children's illustrator Lisa Kopelke

Born: February 4, 1973 (age 42) East Los Angeles, CA

Height: 5'10" (1.79 m)

Spouse: Millie Corretjer (m. 2001)

Children: Atiana de la Hoya, Devon de la Hoya, Oscar Gabriel de la Hoya, Nina Lauren Nenitte de la Hoya, Jacob de la Hoya

Oscar de la Hoyas Parents originated from Mexico.

rated at:

super-featherweight (130 lb)

lightweight (135 lb)

light-welterweight (140 lb)

welterweight (147 lb)

light-middleweight (154 lb)

middleweight (160 lb)

Boxing record:

total fights: 45

wins: 39

wins by KO: 30

losses: 6


"You should hit but not get hit,"

Oscar de la Hoya "The Golden Boy"

In a sport known for larger-than-life personalities, Oscar De La Hoya fits right in. But when it comes to temperament, he is something of an anomaly. Oscar is no caged animal. Rather, he has successfully cultivated a nice guy image—refined, cool and suave. Is Oscar one of the greatest boxers of all time, or, as his detractors claim, has boxing's Golden Boy benefitted from good timing and a cupcake fight schedule? This is his story…
Oscar De La Hoya Career Highlights/Tribute