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De La Hoya reflects on Olympic gold 20 years later
Oscar De La Hoya on winning the gold medal: "I wanted to make my mom's dream come true. Her dream was for her son to win the gold, and so I wanted to do it and make it happen so badly for her. But I was also thinking, 'why isn't she here to enjoy it?'"
Oscar De La Hoya is 39 years old, the same age as his mother, Cecilia, when she died of breast cancer in October of 1990. Cecilia passed wishing that her boxer son would triumph in the Olympics, which he eventually did exactly 20 years ago, earning the gold medal with a victory over Germany's Marco Rudolph on Aug. 8,1992 in Barcelona, Spain.
A Mexican-American from East Los Angeles, De La Hoya turned professional as "The Golden Boy" under promoter Bob Arum with a first-round knockout of Lamar Williams in November of 1992. That was the beginning of a career during which he garnered 10 title belts and defeated 17 champions over six different weight divisions.
RingTV.com caught up to De La Hoya, a married father of four children and President of Golden Boy Promotions, on the 20th anniversary of that Olympic moment.
De La Hoya reflected on his accomplishment, and also shared his thoughts on the dismal performance of the men's 2012 Team USA, which failed to earn a medal in the current Olympics in London.
"I wanted that gold medal for the United States, and that's what I was most proud of. Standing on top of that podium and listening to the national anthem, that's what it was all about.
"Representing my country and winning for the United States. Listening to the national anthem, I was just in shock and numb."
"So I was under a lot of pressure. Right when I left the ring, I mean, the instant that I did that, and NBC came up to interview me, I just broke down. All of the pressure was off of me.
"I was a 19-year-old who had all of the pressure in the world on my shoulders. So to tell you the truth, I didn't know what to think. I was numb and I was in shock.
I couldn't believe it. I couldn't smile. I couldn't be happy. I didn't cry. I was just numb. It was a bittersweet moment. I wanted to make my mom's dream come true.
"Her dream was for her son to win the gold, and so, I wanted to do it and make it happen so badly for her. But I was also thinking, 'why isn't she here to enjoy it?'
"I was thinking that I already had fulfilled my mom's dream of winning the gold medal. So I was thing about riding off into the sunset and forgetting about boxing and move on.
"I was still thinking right then and there that my knew that life was not going to be the same and that it was going to change forever."
On the medal futility of the 2012 American squad:
"Obviously, we didn't medal, at least the men didn't medal. But I feel that there are a lot of talented fighters on the U.S. team who are going to be outstanding professional fighters. So, I still feel as if the sky is the limit for a lot of those young guys."
On the years that have passed since winning the gold medal:
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