Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya checked into a California area rehabilitation center, apparently due to substance abuse problems. The decision to address his problem is a voluntary choice for the former middleweight champion who has managed to keep his image clean over the years. De La Hoya was quick to issue a statement addressing the whole situation:
“After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws. Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person.”
It’s really not surprising De La Hoya decided to confront his problem head-on before things got out of control. Oscar has had a few scandals creep up throughout his professional career and he has always been able to come out with his image intact. De La Hoya’s most recent scandal involved pictures of him cross-dressing, pictures that many considered to be doctored. Oscar survived through that scandal and I don’t see any reason why things will be any different this time around.
De La Hoya, who has been retired for the past two years, has been very successful as a promoter in the sport. The many accomplishments of De La Hoya’s company, Golden Boy promotions have been impressive since GBP is now one of the most powerful promotions in the sport of boxing.
Young boxers, who are trying to make a living as professional fighters, can definitely take a page from Oscar De La Hoya’s book as he has been an excellent example for others to follow. So many fighters forget that it is their personal responsibility to ensure their financial security after their fighting careers. Hopefully, De La Hoya will be able to address all of his demons at the California rehab center and get his life back on track.