CANASTOTA, NEW YORK – “The Golden Boy” is golden again.
Oscar De La Hoya, who won Olympic gold and became a champion in six weight divisions in winning 10 world titles, has been selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
“I am honored and appreciative to be chosen, and I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me,” De La Hoya said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame. “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’s also put a smile on my face that isn’t coming off anytime soon.”
De La Hoya headlines the class of 2014 announced Wednesday, and two of his contemporaries in the modern era — Puerto Rican star Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe of Wales — will join him on stage June 8 at the induction ceremony in Canastota, New York.
Joining the hard-punching trio are George Chaney, Charles Ledoux and Mike O’Dowd in the old-timer category, while Tom Allen is the lone honoree in the pioneer category. The Hall of Fame’s 25th class also includes promoter Barry Hearn, referees Richard Steele and Eugene Corri, journalist Graham Houston and veteran Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer in the non-participant and observer categories.
Inductees were selected by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.
De La Hoya had an amateur record of 223-5 with 153 knockouts and won the lightweight gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He turned pro later that year and captured his first world title, the WBO super-featherweight crown, in only his 12th bout.