It was a long way from East L.A. to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, but Oscar De la Hoya, born in Montebello, made it last December when he was voted into the IBHOF as a first-ballot lock. De La Hoya turns 41 today, and, in a way, his enshrinement served as an early birthday present for the Y2K-era superstar. An amateur sensation, De La Hoya captured the collective attention span of America when he won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, parlaying a stirring backstory and an impish grin into instant fame. Read All That Glitters: Oscar De La Hoya is Still Our Golden Boy on Remezcla.
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