Oscar De La Hoya turns 43 today, and the WBA wishes the Hall of Famer all the best and many more.
A pro from 1992 to 2008, De La Hoya wound up with an impressive record of 39 wins, 30 by knockout, and six losses, two by knockout. A winner of multiple titles, “Golden Boy” scored the WBO World super featherweight title by retiring Jimmi Bredahl in the 10th in March 1994; the vacant WBO World lightweight title by knocking out Jorge Paez in the second in July that year; the IBF World lightweight title by stopping Rafael Ruelas via second-round TKO in May 1995; the WBC World super lightweight title by stopping fellow legend Julio Cesar Chavez via fourth-round TKO in June 1996; the WBC World welterweight title by beating yet another legend, Pernell Whitaker, via unanimous decision in April 1997; the WBC World super welterweight title by beating Javier Castillejo via unanimous decision in June 2001; the WBA Super World super welterweight title by stopping Fernando Vargas via 11th-round TKO in September 2002; the WBO World middleweight title by beating Felix Sturm via unanimous decision in June 2004; and the WBC World super welterweight title by stopping Ricardo Mayorga via sixth-round TKO in May 2006.
The hard-hitting Californian last won in May 2008, beating Steve Forbes by unanimous decision, and fought his final bout that December, retired by Manny Pacquiao in the eighth. He officially quit the ring on April 14, 2009.
De La Hoya established Golden Boy Promotions in 2002 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.
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