Capping a legendary athletic career that included 10 titles at six different weight divisions; a gold medal and dozens of championship fights, International “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame today in Canastota, New York.
De La Hoya, 41, went into the Hall of Fame as part of an All Star class that included rival Felix “Tito” Trinidad and undefeated Super Middleweight World Champion, Joe Calzaghe.
Hours before the official induction ceremony, De La Hoya announced a $50,000 donation to the International Boxing Hall of Fame to mark the landmark’s 25th anniversary.
De La Hoya touched on numerous topics during his speech including the familial nature of boxing, his legendary matches with a cadre of superstars and the future of the sport.
The week before former Golden Boy Promotions’ CEO Richard Schaefer announced his resignation has the promotional company’s chief executive. Schaefer and De La Hoya have been at odds over the direction of the company and expectations of making key fights with other boxing promotions, mainly Top Rank.
Oscar De La Hoya did mention expectations for the sport and gave a glimpse into the near future for his company.
“We must put aside the egos that have damaged our brand and sullied our reputation. We, the promoters, must stop carrying petty grudges that serve no purpose but to divide our sport. And most important, we must give the fans the fights that they want,” De La Hoya said.