Oscar De La Hoya says his induction into the IBHOF means validation and a big honor
Jun 13 2014 11:29 PM
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“Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya was inducted on Sunday, June 8, 2014 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. A decorated amateur, De La Hoya capped a 223-5 (153 KOs) amateur career by capturing lightweight gold at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

He won his first pro fight in a first-round knockout of Lamar Williams in Inglewood, California, on November 23, 1992, and went on to win 10 world titles in six different weight classes.

De La Hoya was one of the most popular boxers in the history of the sport, generating hundreds of millions of dollars from his pay-per-view fights before his retirement in 2009. He is the founder of Golden Boy Promotions.

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The Commish says:

To every ex-fighter and every other person who is inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, standing up at that podium means a lot.

The night before the official inductions, journalist Graham Houston and referee Richard Steele both told me, “I am getting emotional just thinking about it.”

Steele said, “This means more to me than anybody can ever imagine.”

That Sunday, within the first minute of his speech, he broke down. A standing ovation from the hundreds in attendance helped him regain his composure.

Only an hour before the inductions began, I was having lunch with all of the inductees, including Oscar de la Hoya.

“I'm nervous,” he told me. “I'm nervous and excited. This means so much to me. I hope I can keep it together up there.”

He did. In fact, he was, well, Golden. His speech was short, sweet and to the point. Afterwards, his children rushed to him and hugged him.

It was then that he became emotional.

It's a scene which will stay with me for a very long time.

A special boxing personality being honored on a very special day.

-Randy G.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;55260]To every ex-fighter and every other person who is inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, standing up at that podium means a lot.

The night before the official inductions, journalist Graham Houston and referee Richard Steele both told me, “I am getting emotional just thinking about it.”

Steele said, “This means more to me than anybody can ever imagine.”

That Sunday, within the first minute of his speech, he broke down. A standing ovation from the hundreds in attendance helped him regain his composure.

Only an hour before the inductions began, I was having lunch with all of the inductees, including Oscar de la Hoya.

“I'm nervous,” he told me. “I'm nervous and excited. This means so much to me. I hope I can keep it together up there.”

He did. In fact, he was, well, Golden. His speech was short, sweet and to the point. Afterwards, his children rushed to him and hugged him.

It was then that he became emotional.

It's a scene which will stay with me for a very long time.

A special boxing personality being honored on a very special day.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Awesome.