Lem Satterfield

De La Hoya ‘appreciative’ of Hall of Fame nod

Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya, who won 10 title belts over six different weight classes during his professional boxing career, said that he is “honored and appreciative to be inducted into the International Hall of Fame” for 2014.

A winner of belts at 130, 135, 140, 147, 154 and 160 pounds, De La Hoya (39-6, 30 knockouts) will be inducted on June 8, 2014, in Canastota, N.Y., the home of the Hall and museum, along with the rest of the class that was announced on Wednesday following the 25th annual Hall of Fame Weekend that starts on June 5.

“I am honored and appreciative to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me,” said De La Hoya, a 1992 Olympic Gold medalist who is known throughout the sport as “The Golden Boy.”

“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 owned two knockouts over Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., as well as stoppage wins over Fernando Vargas, Genaro Hernandez, Arturo Gatti, Rafael Ruelas, Ricardo Mayorga, Jesse James Leija and Jorge Paez.

De La Hoya won decisions over Pernell Whitaker, Hector Camacho, Ike Quartey, Felix Sturm, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Steve Forbes, Javier Castellejo and John John Molina.

De La Hoya suffered two decision losses to Shane Mosley, one each to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Felix Trinidad, and was knocked out by Bernard Hopkins and Manny Pacquiao, the latter in his final bout in December of 2008.

“Knowing all the dedication Oscar put into this sport since the first time he stepped through the ropes, I couldn’t be happier to see him rightfully honored as a Hall of Famer,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.

“Despite all the fame and the money accumulated over the years, in his heart, all he ever wanted was to prove himself as one of the best. He did, and today’s announcement proves that he is one of boxing’s all-time greats.  Congratulations, Oscar and congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2014.”


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