Medellin will be honored to receive the “Golden Boy,” Oscar De La Hoya, during the World Boxing Association (WBA) Convention, which will be held between October 30 and November 2 in Medellin City. This legend of boxing will attend this event and will participate fully in the activities scheduled by the Association.
The American boxer with Mexican ancestry was one of the most outstanding boxers since the end of the 90’s until the beginning of the new millennium. Since winning his gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, we already knew the world was in front of one of the most impressive talents this sport has ever seen. That same year, he moved up to the professional field and after fighting 12 bouts in two years, he won his first world title in 1994 defeating Jimmi Bredahl in the super featherweight division.
That was the beginning of De La Hoya success. He won world championships in six divisions up to middleweight, and faced the best boxers of that era. The “Golden Boy” faced legends such as Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, Arturo Gatti, Bernard Hopkins, Fernando Vargas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. among other legends.
Between victories and losses, De La Hoya became a reference in boxing and after retiring in 2008, he left an enviable record in the professional field. However, his sporting excellence is not the only quality this boxer has, he went further and became one of the most successful promoters and boxing workers, a proper behavior in accordance with the WBA values, and that has spontaneously lead to De La Hoya and the Association work together.
Oscar has boosted the talent of young boxers and has been a direct part in the organization of many of the best fights of recent years, many of them have been WBA title-fights. His presence in the Convention will be very important for both boxing and the city and for the Association projects in the immediate future and the long-term. Colombia and the WBA are awaiting him with open doors.