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. a. 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,...
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