Oscar De La Hoya of East Los Angeles has had difficulty keeping his personal life together the past couple of years as he has twice checked himself into rehabilitation centers for treatment of substance abuse. But De La Hoya was stoked to hear Wednesday that he has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and will be enshrined June 8 in Canastota, N.Y.
“I am honored and appreciative to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me,” De La Hoya said Thursday in a statement. “This is the dream of everyone who puts on a pair of gloves and steps between the ropes, and through the good and the bad, you always hope that when all is said and done, you put on good fights, entertained the fans and will be remembered for what you did in the ring. To know that I will be in the Hall of Fame with the greats of this sport is humbling. But it has also put a smile on my face that isn’t coming off anytime soon.”
De La Hoya, now 40, won titles in six weight classes. He went 39-6 with 30 knockouts fighting from 1992-2008.