He is one of the brightest figures in the history of boxing. The Olympic Champion, the multiple world champion as pro, businessman, singer, philanthropist, promoter...in one word, The Golden Boy- Oscar De La Hoya!
Oscar De La Hoya was born on February 4, 1973, in Montebello, the area of East Los Angeles, California. The Mexican descent boxer is the first, who has won the championships in the six different weight divisions, in all main bodies- WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO. Through his carrier of boxer he has generated more money, than any other boxer in the history of sport, an estimated $696 mil. pay-per-view income. Also, Oscar is the most successful promoter amongst the ex-fighters, today, probably, the most powerful figure in the fight-promoting business.
At the age of 9, Oscar was introduced to boxing by his father Joel, the ex-boxer himself. In amateurs Oscar had 240 fights, in which lost only 6. In 1990, 17-years-old De La Hoya won The Good Will Games in Seattle, at featherweight (57 Kilo), beating on his way the world champion, The Russian Ayrat Chamatov. In the very same year, Oscar's mother Cecilia died with the breast cancer. Dying she expressed the hope that her son one day would become the Olympic gold medalist. In 1992, Oscar confidently triumphs at lightweight (60 Kilo) on the Olympics in Barcelona. On his way to the gold De La Hoya beats two world champions, The Cuban Julio Gonzalez and Marco Rudolph of Germany.
At the professionals De La Hoya captured the world titles for seven times, defending them 17 successful times. He became the first, who has won world championship belts in the six different weight divisions- super-feather, light, light-welter, welter, light-middle and middle. Oscar has the victories over 17 world champions, but lost to five, the great boxers of his generation. The losses with the quite questionable decisions against The Puerto-Rican Trinidad and amateur days team-mate, Sugar Shane Mosley. In the very close fight, from the snaky left to the body, loss by KO in 9-th from Bernard Hopkins. And two losses in the fights, when De La Hoya wasn't the favorite anymore, by points from Floyd Mayweather Jr. and by TKO in the 8-th from Manny Pacquiao. Oscar retired in 2009, with the record of 39(30 KO)-6(2 KO).
Outside the ring, Oscar released the Latin pop album with 13 trucks, called in his name. In 2000, the album was nominated to Grammy Award. In 2008, De La Hoya donated $3.5 millions to education of unprivileged youth. Oscar is the co-owner of Major League Soccer team Houston Dynamo and the founder and the owner of the combat promotional company Golden Boy Promotions. In 2007, in Los Angeles Staples Center sports arena, the bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya joined the statues of two another great athletes of this city, Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson. On February 4, The Golden Boy is celebrating his 41-st Birthday!!!
On February 4, 1991, in Cardiff, Wales, was born, so far, the most successful Welsh boxer on the amateur ring, Fred Evans. Evans won the European Championships 2011 in Ankara, at welterweight (69 Kilo). In the final bout, Fred won another European Champion, Magomed Nurutdinov from Belarus. On 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Evans won the silver medal. In the finals he lost by points to two-time World Champion, Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan. So far, no fighters from Wales could reach such a high achievements. Fred Evans is celebrating his 23-rd Birthday on February 4!