Oscar De La Hoya (born February 4, 1973) — nicknamed "The Golden Boy" — is an American boxer and promoter who won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games. De La Hoya comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr., and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers. De La Hoya was Ring Magazine's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine's top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997.
De La Hoya has defeated 17 world champions and has won 10 world titles in six different weight classes. He has also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport.
De La Hoya's amateur career included 223 wins, 163 by knockout, with only 6 losses. He won the United States' only boxing gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, a win which he dedicated to his deceased mother. 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.
On June 7, 1996, Oscar de la Hoya fought Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC Light Welterweight championship. De la Hoya, the
The erudite Larry Merchant once described the handsome Oscar De La Hoya as " George Clooney with fists." Merchant of course saw the same thing everyone else did in "The Golden Boy" and that was a fighter who was good looking ...