History | Nov 23 2019

On This Day: Oscar De La Hoya made his pro debut

On November 23, 1992 the 'Golden Boy' Oscar De La Hoya began his Hall of Fame career, writes James Slater
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ON this day in 1992 in Inglewood, California, Oscar De La Hoya, aged 19, made his professional debut. Boxing at 133-pounds, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist faced Lamar Williams, who was 5-1-1 as a pro, and “The Golden Boy” got the job done inside a round, the win coming in less than two-minutes. A great career awaited De La Hoya.

De La Hoya won Olympic gold in Barcelona 1992 USA Today Sports

Today deservedly enshrined in The Hall of Fame, De La Hoya, who claimed world titles in an amazing six different weight classes, met and defeated every type of opponent imaginable – be it a slugger, a clever boxer, a counter-puncher, or a rough and tough hard man. De La Hoya may not have always won, but the man from East L.A always gave his all.

With some great nights to look back on, the successful promoter who is now comfortably retired from the ring has plenty of options when it comes to listing his very best wins.

Oscar’s five greatest wins


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