February 4, 1973
Oscar De La Hoya was born in East Los Angeles, California. Oscar's
family had a tradition of boxing and his older brother encouraged
Oscar to fight. As a young boy, Oscar did not like fighting, but Oscar's
family encouraged him to learn boxing so he could defend himself.
training at the Eastside Boxing Gym in East L.A. Oscar discovered
he had a gift for boxing. He trained very hard and developed a strong
left punch. His first true test came when he boxed in the 1992 Olympics.
Oscar promised his mother, who was battling cancer, he would bring
home the gold medal. He fulfilled his promise. Sadly, his mother died
very soon following his Olympic victory. Oscar De La Hoya continued
boxing even though he missed his mother. He is considered one of the
best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
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