Bibliography of Oscar De La Hoya
Birthplace: East Los Angeles, California
"I want to be considered one of the great legends in boxing" Oscar De La Hoya. Oscar De La Hoya is a Mexican-American boxer who won the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Oscar De La Hoya was six years old when he first began to box. "My brother, Joel Jr., put a pair on me and the other pair on one of my cousins," Oscar recalled. " Then he yelled 'Time!' immediately, I covered my cheeks with the gloves." "The next thing I knew wham the first punch is a left jab that goes between my gloves and lands smack on my nose!" Oscar De La Hoya ran home, crying every step of the way. De La Hoya never pictured himself becoming a fighter. He was always found in the park playing baseball with the other kids. It was actually his older brother Joel Jr. who many believed had the potential to become a great fighter. Joel Jr. never pictured his younger brother as a fighter. "Oscar hated physical confrontations; He never had a street fight. He preferred to play with skateboards near the house and baseball in the park. Nothing violent. But boxing is in the De La Hoya tradition and blood. It goes back several generations when his grandfather, Vicente, a 126-pound amateur in the 1940s, and his father Joel, Sr., who fought as a lightweight in the professional ranks in the mid-1960s." Oscar was being pushed to go to the gym and learn to defend himself. He started going to the Eastside Boxing Gym in East L.A and began training and remembers that "every time I won a fight, my cousins, aunts and uncles would give me money. A dollar here, a quarter there, half a buck." It was there that this future world champion began his road to stardom. He quickly discovered the ingredient that would make him a devastating fighter, his powerful left hand. He began to train religiously. Oscar's first true test was at the 1992 Olympics. He waited anxiously and prepared his entire life for that moment. He promised his ill mother, Cecilia, that he would bring back home the gold medal. There was no question in his mind that he would win it. He was going to win it for his mother! The road to the gold medal bout was not an easy one. As the Olympic tournament began he disposed of his first three opponents - knocking out the first. Then in his first medal round match, what should have been an easy victory became a close controversial decision. De La Hoya struggled against his opponent's awkward bull-rushing style, but Oscar would not be denied as he emerged with a tight one-point victory.
De La Hoya was now in the gold medal bout. The very gold medal he promised his beloved mother and was eager to win since all the other U.S. boxers failed to bring home the gold. His final hurdle would come against Marco Rudolph, the fighter who had defeated Oscar one year earlier at the World Championships in Australia. It was De La Hoya's first loss as an amateur in four years. For Oscar, it would make the victory that much sweeter. De La Hoya, fighting at 132 pounds, dominated the fight from beginning to end. He controlled Rudolph for the entire three rounds. In the third round, he used his powerful left hand to knock down Rudolph. It was no contest and the referee stopped the fight. De La Hoya celebrated by dancing around the ring with a U.S. flag in one hand and a Mexican flag in the other. Oscar had accomplished his ultimate goal, he fulfilled his special promise to his mother -- one of the most emotional moments of the Olympic Games. During his amateur boxing career, De La Hoya's record was an outstanding 223-5 with 163 knockouts. After the Olympics, Oscar bought a big house in a nice neighborhood a few miles from East L.A. He wanted to share the success of winning the gold medal and the house with his mother, but she was already gone. His mother, Cecilia died of breast cancer. Oscar wanted to quit boxing because the pain of losing his mother was unbearable, but he...
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