Oscar De La Hoya is an American boxer. Oscar De La Hoya is popular as “The Golden Boy,” who posted a record of 39-6 and won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. He was also able to defeat 17 world champions in the course of his career.
Dates of birth, family, siblings, childhood and education
Oscar De La Hoya was born on February 4, 1973 in East Los Angeles, California, United States. He is 49 years old and is under the zodiac sign Aquarius. He holds American citizenship.
His father’s name is Joel De La Hoya Sr. and his mother’s name is Cecilia De La Hoya. He also has two siblings and their names are Ceci De La Hoya and Joel De La Hoya Jr. Also, his parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico before his birth. His grandfather Vicente was an amateur fighter in the 1940s while his father Joel Sr. was a professional boxer in the 1960s. Oscar’s brother Joel Jr. was also a boxer.
Regarding Oscar’s educational background and qualifications, he graduated from Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California in 1991.
career and working life
Oscar De La Hoya was able to win the Junior Olympics 119-pound national title at the age of 15. And his amateur career has spanned 234 wins – 163 by knockout and six losses. He also won the 1989 National Golden Gloves bantamweight title. And by the time he was 17, he was able to win the US National Featherweight Championship. He even became the youngest US boxer at this year’s Goodwill Games, winning a gold medal. Likewise, he finally made his professional debut on November 23, 1992 by scoring a first-round TKO win.
He was then scheduled to fight Jesús Vidal Concepción on December 9, 1993 in a ten-round junior lightweight bout. The match was televised by ESPN’s “Thursday Night Fights” at the Paramount Theater in New York City. And in his twelfth professional fight, he won his first world title at the age of 20. Then, in July 1994, he beat Jorge Páez (53-6-4) in the second round to win the vacant WBO lightweight title. Additionally, he fought Mexican legend Julio César Chávez (96–1–1) on June 7, 1996 for the straight and WBC welterweight championship.
Oscar De La Hoya was promoted to welterweight in 1997. He was able to fight Pernell Whitaker (40-1-1) and the fight proved difficult. And after seven defenses of his straight and WBC welterweight titles, he fought rival and IBF champion Félix Trinidad (35-0) on September 18, 1999. Their fight was one of the largest pay-per-view events in history, setting a record for a non-heavyweight fight. In addition, the WBC even awarded him his welterweight title after Trinidad vacated it.
More about careers
Oscar was able to move up to light middleweight and challenged straight and WBC champion Javier Castillejo. Then he won the fight and won almost every round. Then, in 2001, it was announced that he would be returning to the Grand Olympic Auditorium where he was able to win his first title to defend his WBC light middleweight championship.
However, they canceled the game because De La Hoya had medical problems. He was able to fight for 15 months. He then challenged Felix Sturm (20-0) for the WBO middleweight title. After the match, the judges awarded him a unanimous decision. He became the first boxer in history to win world titles in six different weight classes. Likewise, Oscar took a 20-month layoff before signing to fight defending WBC light middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga (27-5-1).
He was able to knock him out in the sixth round and take his tenth world title. He also signed in early 2007 to defend his title against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (37-0-0). Then, again in December 2008, he was able to face off against Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He also announced his retirement on April 14, 2009.
Oscar De La Hoya reportedly “seriously considered running for President of the United States” in September 2018. He also appears on the covers of the PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP versions of EASports’ Fight Night Round 3. Back in 2000, EMI International released Oscar De La Hoya and the self-titled CD is a 13-track Latin pop album in English and Spanish, written by Diane Warren and the Bee Gees, and received a Grammy nomination.
Also in 2004, he launched a line of casual, activewear-inspired clothing in Mervyn’s department stores. Oscar authorized a children’s picture book, Super Oscar, from Simon & Schuster in 2006.
He also established a charitable foundation to educate underprivileged youth. Also in June 2008, HarperCollins published De La Hoya’s autobiography American Son: My Story, written by Los Angeles Times sportswriter Steve Springer. In 2014, he was named Promoter of the Year by Sports Illustrated.
Oscar De La Hoya was accused of rape in 1998 at the age of 25. Also, in 2007, photos featuring a transgender-clad De La Hoya were posted to a tabloid website and received extensive publicity online. However, he denied the authenticity of the photos.
Likewise, three months prior to the cross-dressing controversy, he had publicly admitted that he had a substance abuse problem and has bugs and certain issues that he needs to work on. He even underwent treatment for alcoholism, as well as drug and alcohol treatment. Additionally, on September 3, 2021, he revealed that a 35-year-old woman raped him when he was 13 years old.
Oscar De La Hoya began dating actress and Miss USA 1995 titleholder Shanna Moakler in October 1997. They announced their engagement in October 1998 and have a beautiful daughter the following year. However, their relationship ended abruptly in September 2000 when Moakler saw her fiancé escorting another woman to the show while she was at home. Their separation ended on very bad terms, even in court.
He also tied the knot with Millie Corretjer on October 5, 2001 and the couple have three children together. On the other hand, he also has two sons from previous relationships. However, their relationship didn’t last long either and they broke up in 2016. Oscar is currently in a relationship with Holly Sonders who is also a journalist and businesswoman.
Oscar De La Hoya has one Height of 5 feet 10 inches and his weight is 66 kg, but his other body measurements are not available. In addition, De La Hoya has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Social Media and Wealth
Oscar De La Hoya is quite active on all of his social accounts. He has amassed 960,000 followers Instagram and 958.6K followers on Twitter. He even owns a Facebook account and has 397,000 followers on it.
Corresponding celebrity and fortune, Oscar De La Hoya has one net worth $200 million and his main source of income must be his boxing career.