CANASTOTA: Ten-time boxing world champion Oscar de la Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday (Monday in Manila), using the occasion to call for unity in the sport.
The 41-year-old Mexican-American earned his place in the boxing shrine with a professional career that included 10 world titles in six different weight divisions.
He turned pro after a sparkling amateur career that included an Olympic gold medal.
“Today marks an incredible personal achievement, but it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans,” De la Hoya said at his induction ceremony.
He went into the Hall as part of an All Star class that included rival Felix “Tito” Trinidad of Puerto Rico and undefeated Super Middleweight World Champion Joe Calzaghe of Wales.