Oscar De La Hoya headlines 2014 Boxing Hall class

”The Golden Boy” is golden again.

Oscar De La Hoya, who won Olympic gold and became a champion in

six weight divisions in winning 10 world titles, has been selected

for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

”I am honored and appreciative to be chosen, and I thank

everyone who has been a part of this journey with me,” De La Hoya

said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame. ”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.”

De La Hoya headlines the class of 2014 announced Wednesday, and

two of his contemporaries in the modern era – Puerto Rican star

Felix ”Tito” Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe of Wales – will join him

on stage June 8 at the induction ceremony in Canastota, N.Y.

Joining the hard-punching trio are George Chaney, Charles Ledoux

and Mike O’Dowd in the old-timer category, while Tom Allen is the

lone honoree in the pioneer category. The Hall of Fame’s 25th class

also includes promoter Barry Hearn, referees Richard Steele and

Eugene Corri, journalist Graham Houston and veteran Sports

Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer in the non-participant and

observer categories.

Inductees were selected by the Boxing Writers Association and a

panel of international boxing historians.

De La Hoya had an amateur record of 223-5 with 153 knockouts and

won the lightweight gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in

Barcelona. He turned pro later that year and captured his first

world title, the WBO super-featherweight crown, in only his 12th

bout.

De La Hoya also won titles as a lightweight, light welterweight,

welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight. His 2007 bout

with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was one of the richest in boxing history,

attracting nearly 2.5 million pay-per-view fans. He retired after a

2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao with a professional record of 39-6 with

30 knockouts and in 2002 established Golden Boy Promotions.

The fame hasn’t come without some of the bad. De La Hoya

admitted himself to a treatment facility in September as he

continues to fight substance abuse. The move came on the eve of the

biggest fight of the year for his promotion company between

Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez. De La Hoya first admitted two years

ago that he was an alcoholic and drug user and had been in

treatment.

Trained by his father, Trinidad began boxing at age 10 in his

native Puerto Rico and became one of its most accomplished

fighters, posting a 51-6 amateur record before turning pro. He

stopped Maurice Blocker in two rounds to capture the IBF

welterweight crown in his 20th pro bout and defended his title 15

times, one of those a controversial 12-round majority decision over

De La Hoya.

Trinidad moved up in weight to win the WBA light middleweight

title from David Reid in March 2000 and later that year unified

titles with a 12th-round knockout against IBF champ Fernando

Vargas. In 2001, he became a three-division champion with a

fifth-round knockout of William Joppy for the WBA middleweight

title.

The three-time world champ was a fan favorite because of his

big-punching style and devastating left hook.

”This is a great honor for me, my father, my family and my

whole team,” said Trinidad, who retired in 2009 with a record of

42-3 with 35 knockouts. ”This is the biggest triumph of my

career.”

Calzaghe was the Rocky Marciano of his division – nobody beat

him in 46 professional bouts, which included a division-record 21

defenses of his super middleweight title.

”I’m so excited,” Calzaghe said. ”I’m very proud and humbled.

I think it’s amazing. This is a massive, massive honor, just

fantastic.”