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De La Hoya at Fantasy Springs


A superstar whose popularity transcends boxing, Oscar de la Hoya is considered to be pound for pound one of the best fighters of this era.  He is also the biggest non-heavyweight attraction and moneymaker in boxing history, defeating 19 current or former world champions, one twice during his illustrious career.  On Saturday, June 30, De La Hoya will greet fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino prior to the Showtime televised ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader featuring the IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship between champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage and former Undisputed Welterweight World Champion Cory Spinks.


De la Hoya will be on hand to meet the public, sign autographs and take pictures from 4-5pm inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center . The meet and greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.


Bundrage vs. Spinks, a 12 round fight for Bundrage’s IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona .  Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the first fight begins at 4:00 p.m.  The ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader, which will also feature rising featherweight star Gary Russell Jr. facing contender Christopher Perez and top rated junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara squaring off against former world title challenger Freddy Hernandez, will air live on SHOWTIME at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

 

Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $55, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Since retiring from the ring in 2009, De La Hoya has focused most of his attention building the company he co-founded, Golden Boy Promotions, into one of the most successful boxing promoters in the world with Golden Boy now promoting more than 70 events a year with over 60 fighters under contract. 

Additionally, De La Hoya is very involved in overseeing the numerous activities of the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation which is very active in breast cancer awareness/screening, youth programs and education, including founding The Oscar de la Hoya Amino Charter High School.


De La Hoya’s road to greatness began on the tough streets of East Los Angeles , California .  He once said, “I was a little kid who used to fight a lot on the street and get beat up, but I liked boxing, so my dad took me to the gym.”  Oscar started boxing at the age of six and had an amateur record of 223-5.  His father and grandfather were both boxers, but it was clear that the most talented member of the De La Hoya clan was Oscar, who earned a spot on the 1992 US Olympic team and went on to capture a gold medal in Barcelona.


De La Hoya has been successful at the highest levels of competition, and has beaten current or former World Champions Steve Forbes, Ricardo Mayorga, Felix Sturm, Yory Boy Campas, Fernando Vargas, Javier Castillejo, Arturo Gatti, Ike Quartey, Julio Cesar Chavez (twice), Hector Camacho, Pernell Whitaker, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, James Leija, Genaro Hernandez, Rafael Ruelas, John John Molina, Jorge Paez, Jimmi Bredahl and Troy Dorsey.


On May 5, 2007, De La Hoya fought in one of the most highly anticipated bouts of the last 25 years when he battled Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas , Nevada .  Though he lost a hard-fought and close 12 round split decision, ‘The Golden Boy’s status as an elite fighter was untouched, and his box office power cemented forever with the fight setting records for pay-per-view buys and site revenue generated in the state of Nevada.



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