Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hitting The Golden Trail

The Golden Boy has decided to trade in the gloves and the robe for a business suit. Oscar De La Hoya has announced his retirement from professional boxing. Now it may be too early to truly write him off. not very often is it that a boxer who retires actually does retire the first time. Retiring as a boxer is like knocking over a drink machine, you have to rock it and hit it a few times before it actually topples over.

De La Hoya carried a sport for the better part of a decade. In a time when boxing didn’t have as strong a field in the Heavyweight Division Oscar was always a big draw no matter the opponent. He is almost as well known for his miscues rather then his triumphs which is too bad. He is often criticised for being more Hollywood then prize fighter, which probably isn’t fair but that is the perception.

When he won the Gold Medal Barcelona Olympic Games he made himself into a household name and became one of the most popular and best drawing name on many Pay Per Views. De La Hoya was Ring Magazine’s "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine’s top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997.

Before his announcement he founded Golden Boy Promotions, Inc. which has become a pretty successful combat sport promotional firm and should allow him to both keep close with the sport that he loves without putting himself at any more risk of a major injury or getting his face caved in.

I was never a huge boxing fan but when De La Hoya was fighting I would take notice, I admit it may be partially due to his pop culture celebrity but also respected him as a champion fighter. Here's to hoping that he follows the lead of Lennox Lewis (so far) and stays away.

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