History | Feb 04 2020

On This Day: Oscar De La Hoya ‘The Golden Boy’ is born

Paul Wheeler reflects on the Hall of Fame career of Oscar De La Hoya
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AN Olympic gold medallist and six-weight world champion from super-featherweight to middleweight, Oscar De La Hoya’s ring moniker of the “Golden Boy” well and truly befitted the man.

A Californian of Mexican descent, De La Hoya – born February 4, 1973 – is the highest grossing boxer in history, generating just short of $700 million in pay-per-view income.

After striking gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and winning well over 200 bouts as an amateur, the East Los Angeles resident picked up his first professional world title in his 12th outing, stopping the then-unbeaten WBO super-featherweight champion Jimmi Bredahl in 10 rounds.