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Oscar de la Hoya
     

Oscar de la Hoya

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by Susan Muaddi Darraj, Rob Maaddi
 

When he was a shy, skinny kid riding his skateboard through the streets of the East Los Angeles barrio, Oscar De La Hoya never thought that someday he would be one of the world's premier boxers. However, when he was six years old, he stepped into the ring and shocked everyone with his speed, power, and agility. De La Hoya spent much of his childhood and teenage

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When he was a shy, skinny kid riding his skateboard through the streets of the East Los Angeles barrio, Oscar De La Hoya never thought that someday he would be one of the world's premier boxers. However, when he was six years old, he stepped into the ring and shocked everyone with his speed, power, and agility. De La Hoya spent much of his childhood and teenage years honing his talent for defeating opponents in the boxing ring and accumulating wins by knockout. With a heart as big as his talent, this Olympic gold medalist-known as "Golden Boy"-has created a foundation committed to the development of families and communities in Los Angeles, and is known for nurturing young boxing talent. Oscar De La Hoya is a "made in America" story of a young boy with a dream and the perseverance and determination to make it a reality.

About the Author:
Susan Muaddi Darraj is associate professor of English at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland

About the Author:
Rob Maaddi is Philadelphia sports editor/writer for The Associated Press

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
In "The Great Hispanic Heritage" series, the life of boxer Oscar De La Hoya is featured. From the time he was six years old, La Hoya's one and only goal and his father's dream was for him to become a professional boxer. The La Hoya family lived in a tough and crowded area of Los Angeles. The family hoped that Oscar would be able to use his boxing skill to achieve success so they could move out of their surroundings. Boxing was revered as the best way for boys to learn to defend themselves. From his first fight at age seven Oscar found he liked the sport and the money that members of the family gave to him for winning. La Hoya was left handed and others feared the power of his blows. Before he was fourteen he had fought 100 bouts, losing only two of them. His father put a great deal of pressure on him to spend all his leisure time working on boxing. Oscar began to resent his father's strict rules. Young readers will be able to sympathize with the kinds of stress to which Oscar was subjected. A handsome although very thin boy, he had a quiet nature that hid the ferocity with which he took to boxing. The book details the years and major fights which marked his rising success. La Hoya remained proud of his Hispanic heritage and invested and contributed to many Hispanic organizations and activities. With Microsoft as his partner, he developed the Oscar De La Hoya Microsoft Learning Center to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Los Angeles area. He was often referred to as "Golden Boy' because so many riches and titles and accomplishments came his way. The authors describe the build-up for each of his major fights, and the reaction of the public to him before and after thefights. The authors' text is exciting to read, and young people will be drawn into the ring to root for La Hoya throughout his extensive career. De La Hoya won six world titles within six different weight classes, plus an Olympic gold medal in 1992. Photos interspersed within the text show how exciting the action was and how handsome De La Hoya was and still is. Because he always loved music he made an album of Spanish and English songs in 2000 which was nominated for a Grammy Award as best Latin Pop Album. Twelve years after turning pro, De La Hoya fought for the middleweight championship and was knocked out. He is still considered one of the greatest boxing champions in history. He is one of the most talented and admired sports figures of our time, and in 2002 the city of Los Angeles declared "Oscar De La Hoya Day." The book ends with a chronology, bibliography, notes, further readings, and an extensive index. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791096925
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
The Great Hispanic Heritage Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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Oscar de la Hoya 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oscar de la Hoya was a shy skinny kid like any other kid, riding his skateboard through the streets of Los Angeles barrio was one of his favorite things. Oscar never thought or imagined that some day he would become one of the worlds famous premier boxers of history but also become a big man in the business industry. When he was six years old, he steeped into the ring for his fist time in his childhood, he soon surprised everyone with his speed, power, and alertness. Oscar de la Hoya spent much of his childhood and teenage years honoring his talents for defeating opponents in the boxing ring and accumulating wins with most of them being knockouts. He was also named and still called the ¿Golden Boy¿ who has won many gold metals such as a Olympic gold medal. Soon as his carrier began to increase he created a foundation devoted to the development of families in Los Angeles with needs. He also helped the life¿s of young teens with the same dreams he had as a kid. This book tells you a lot of his life and the struggles he overcame.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night. There was not enough in there about his personal life. We know about all his fights. If you love Oscar like I do, you know all about his fights and watched them. I would like to know more about his childhood and up to now. What happened to his father? The book did not say alot about him.