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.
Oscar De La Hoya of East Los Angeles will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 8, the Associated Press reported. De La Hoya won world titles in six weight classes and compiled a record of 39-6 with 30 knockouts from 1992-2008.
Also to be enshrined in Canastota, N.Y. are Felix Trinidad Jr. and Joe Calzaghe. Trinidad won a somewhat controversial majority decision over De La Hoya in a welterweight title unification bout in 1999 in Las Vegas. Trinidad, of Puerto Rico, had a record of 42-3 with 35 knockouts.
Calzaghe, of Wales, finished undefeated at 46-0 with 32 knockouts. He was a super middleweight champion from 1997-2007.
Eric Gomez, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, is typically a happy-go-lucky guy. But he was bummed out Tuesday night hours after his childhood friend and boss – Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya – had for the second time checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic because of substance abuse.
De La Hoya will not be on hand Saturday when his fighter – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – takes on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a junior middleweight championship mega fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view.)
“It’s a little hard, it’s a little tough,” Gomez said via telephone from Las Vegas. “It was something that was very important that, you know, there’s nobody that would want to be here more than him. And for him to do this, at this time, it was serious. And all we can do is support him and love him and give him all our support.”
De La Hoya previously checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic in 2011.
Kenny Bayless, one of the top referees in boxing, has been named to referee the Sept. 14 junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
The three judges will be Dave Moretti, C.J. Ross and Craig Metcalfe.
Interestingly, Bayless was the third man in the ring when Mayweather won a split decision over Oscar De La Hoya in May 2007 at MGM Grand. De La Hoya is Alvarez’s promoter.
Oscar De La Hoya squared off with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a junior middleweight title fight in May 2007 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the same venue where Mayweather will tangle with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 in a junior middleweight title fight (on Showtime pay-per-view).
De La Hoya did very well in the first half of the fight, but he stopped using his jab and Mayweather emerged with a split-decision victory. De La Hoya believes that Alvarez will do what he and other great fighters of Mexican descent – namely Jose Luis Castillo, Juan Manuel Marquez and Chicanito Hernandez – could not do, defeat Mayweather.
“For one thing, youth is on his side,” De La Hoya said of Alvarez, who is just 23; Mayweather is 36. “But the real advantage will be the intelligence. People will also be surprised with his speed.”
Alvarez said he first began following Mayweather fights in 2001 and 2002 when he fought Diego Corrales and Castillo, respectively. He apparently watched De La Hoya-Mayweather with great interest.
“Oscar, of course,” he said, when asked for whom he was rooting. What else was he going to say? De La Hoya’s his boss.
Mayweather is 44-0 with 46 knockouts. Alvarez is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.
Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens has become one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. The Artesia High graduate has won titles in the bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight divisions and Saturday will defend his featherweight belt against former featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico at StubHub Center (on Showtime).
At Thursday’s final news conference, Oscar De La Hoya spoke highly of this main event.
“For the boxing fans in L.A., this is what boxing is all about and this is what they deserve,” said De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “Abner Mares is a special talent that we are witnessing in our era. He’s a talent that doesn’t come around very often. He’s fought nothing but the best. We all know Gonzalez. He’s a machine who is a tough puncher and a very calculated puncher. Jhonny knows this is his opportunity. Everybody knows that.”
Mares, who recently bought a house in Downey, is 26-0-1 with 14 knockouts. Gonzalez is 54-8 with 46 knockouts. Gonzalez lost his belt to Daniel Ponce De Leon in September 2012. Mares in turn took it from De Leon in May in Las Vegas.
Saturday night’s inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony has sold out, and those lucky enough to get a ticket figure to have a grand time.
Among those being inducted at the event at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino are Mike Tyson, Mike McCallum, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Larry Holmes and Julio Cesar Chavez. The late Diego Corrales will be enshrined posthumously.
“We are gratified by the amazing reaction to our efforts in establishing the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” founder Rich Marotta said. “It has surpassed our expectations.
Referee Mills Lane is among those being inducted into one of the non-fighter categories.
Also, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be presented with one of four resident Fighter of the Year awards.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission reports the live gate for this past Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero welterweight title fight did a live gate of $9,922,350.
That’s good, but that ranks as only the 16th best gate in Nevada history.
What’s No. 1? Oscar De La Hoya’s junior middleweight title fight against Mayweather in May 2007. That did $18,419,200. As was Saturday’s, that fight was won by Mayweather. However, whereas Mayweather dominated Guerrero, he just got by De La Hoya via split decision.