"I am honored and appreciative to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me," said De La Hoya, an Olympic Gold medalist and six division professional world champion known throughout the sport as "The Golden Boy". "This is the dream of everyone who puts on a pair of gloves and steps between the ropes, and through the good and the bad, you always hope that when all is said and done, you put on good fights, entertained the fans, and will be remembered for what you did in the ring. To know that I will be in the Hall of Fame with the greats of this sport is humbling, but it’s also put a smile on my face that isn’t coming off anytime soon."
"Knowing all the dedication Oscar put into this sport since the first time he stepped through the ropes, I couldn’t be happier to see him rightfully honored as a Hall of Famer," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Despite all the fame and the money accumulated over the years, in his heart, all heever wanted was to prove himself as one of the best. He did, and today’s announcement proves that he is one of boxing’s all-time greats. Congratulations, Oscar and congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2014."
Also announced as members of the IBHOF’s Class of 2014 was a former opponent of De La Hoya’s, Felix Trinidad, along with Joe Calzaghe, Barry Hearn, Richard Steele, Graham Houston, Neil Leifer, George Chaney, Charles Ledoux, Mike O’Dowd, Eugene Corri, and Tom Allen. The IBHOF induction weekend takes place in Canastota, New York from June 5-8, with the Hall of Fame induction ceremonyoccurring on Sunday, June 8.