Outline I. Background A. Born 1. He was born in Montebello Ca on February 4, 1973 a. Comes from boxing decent His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr. and brother Joel Jr. were all boxer. 2. How he started a De La Hoya’s parents moved to the United States from Mexico before he was born. b. . He started boxing at the age of 6 c. At the of age 15, De La Hoya won the national Junior Olympic 119-pound title. B. Professional Career 1.
With the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, De La Hoya defeated Marco Rudolph of Germany to win gold and become the only U. S. boxer to take home a medal from Barcelona. a. De La Hoya turned his mother’s dream into a strong focus for his training. After an upset victory in the first round over the Cuban boxer Julio Gonzalez. 2. De La Hoya turned professional after the 1992 Olympics, a. winning his first pro fight in a first-round knockout of Lamar Williams in Inglewood, California, on November 23, 1992. . March 5, 1994, won his first professional title, the junior lightweight championship TKO of Danish fighter Jimmi Bredahl in the tenth round of the fight. c. Also in June 1996, when De La Hoya faced his biggest challenge to date in Julio Cesar Chavez, an experienced and popular Mexican fighter and the reigning World Boxing Council WBC junior welterweight champion. C. Escalating progress 1. In January 1997, De La Hoya successfully defended his junior welterweight title.
Moving up to the 147-pound weight class, he won the WBC welterweight title in Las Vegas in April of that year, beating the reigning champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whittaker. a. With that victory, De La Hoya confirmed his reputation as the best fighter, pound-for-pound, in the world. 2. September 18, 1999, a. he faced the hard-hitting Felix Trinidad in one of the most anticipated fights of the decade. As a record-breaking number of fans watched the fight broadcast on pay-per-view television, b.
Trinidad handed De La Hoya his fist loss ever in a 12-round unanimous decision for the WBC welterweight title. II. Outside the ring A. His good looks and undeniable talent made De La Hoya a hit with fans and the media from the beginning of his career. B. he became the best-known boxer in America, earning respect from many for his charity and community service efforts including a nonprofit foundation and a youth boxing center in his old East Los Angeles neighborhood. C.
In 2000, De La Hoya released his first album, in both English and Spanish, on the EMI/Latin label. Entitled Oscar, the album topped Latin dance charts and a single “Ven a Mi” was nominated for a Grammy Award. III. Back in the ring a. De La Hoya returned to the ring in March 2001, beating Arturo Gatti in the fifth round of his first fight after his return. b. Del la Hoya At the age of 28, he was the youngest boxer ever to have won five world titles. IV All comes down a. On October 5, 2001, De La Hoya married Millie Corretjer.
They have two children together: Oscar Gabriel and Lauren Nenitte b. He lost a middleweight title fight to Bernard Hopkins in 2004. c. On December 12, 2002, De La Hoya becomes a Mexican Citizen, “I’ve always felt that my blood is Mexican,” he said at the moment” d. In 2004, he debuted a clothing line of casual, and active-inspired apparel through Mervyns department stores. In the summer of 2004, De La Hoya starred in and hosted a boxing reality television series on Fox and Fox Sports Net titled The Next Great Champ.
V. After retirement 1. Golden boy promotion a. Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. In 2006, their fifth year of promoting, Golden Boy Promotions broke a record by selling over 2 million in pay-per-views. b. Golden Boy Promotions is also one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the United States on networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, Showtime, Telefutura, and ESPN.