World-renowned boxer Oscar De La Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s 25th class this Sunday, according to ESPN.
De La Hoya’s prolific career featured a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona in addition to 10 world titles. He won titles in several weight divisions, including super-featherweight, lightweight, light-welterweight, welterweight, light-middleweight, and middleweight. Ultimately, De La Hoya retired in 2008 after a loss to Manny Pacquiao, with a final record of 39-6 with 30 knockouts.
Despite De La Hoya’s successful career, he’s had his fair share of struggles away from the ring. Two years ago, he admitted that he was an alcoholic and drug user and began undergoing treatment for it. In his quest to fight substance use, De La Hoya recently entered a treatment facility in September.
The boxers honored in this year’s class were selected by an international panel of boxing historians and the Boxing Writers Association. Other notable inductees this year include Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe.
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