American Son: My Story by Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Springer

By Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Springer

Born right into a boxing relations, the son of Mexican-born mom and dad, Oscar "the Golden Boy" De l. a. Hoya has lived the yankee Dream—achieving exceptional good fortune in every little thing from athletics to enterprise, from the recording to varied charitable ventures. The winner of six global titles and an Olympic gold medal, he has defeated greater than a dozen international champions and has left a favorable mark at the recreation of boxing, inspiring many that had all yet given up desire. American Son is his story—a quintessentially American story—a frank, touching, and revealing memoir from the most celebrated combatants within the historical past of boxing. it's the exciting story of an immigrant's son—the chronicle of an awesome life's trip that provides new perception into the non-public international and memorable occupation of a gentleman, an athlete, and a real nationwide icon.

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Like his father before him, he loved to box. He had a 22–2 record as an amateur. His transition to the pros, however, began disastrously. All he had to show for his first three fights were two losses and a draw. But then he regained his lost style and reeled off nine straight victories. He even followed his father’s footsteps into the Olympic Auditorium, fighting there as well. My father took a job at an air-conditioning-and-heating plant in Azusa, where he did everything from working on the machinery to serving as a shipping clerk.

Here I am, soon to turn twenty, and I’m still acting like a misbehaving grade school kid. My father’s towering presence could affect me like that. When we reached the perimeter of the house, Raul and I got on our stomachs and crawled forward as if we were soldiers trying to get under a barbed-wire barricade. We made it to the house, but every door was locked. We were so drunk that after crawling around for a few minutes, we would stop and take a short nap before resuming our reconnaissance. Through the shades, we could see my father watching TV in a first-floor room.

I was naive. But as I got older, I came to appreciate the fact that they had put out the word to leave us alone. When I say us, I mean the whole De La Hoya family. Shootings were happening down the street, cops were constantly patrolling, and helicopters were cutting through the night air above us, but our home was always immune to danger. It was like we lived in a protective dome. For that, I guess I can thank the man with the cane. My unique status in the hood was never demonstrated more dramatically than the traumatic night that began with a seemingly AMERICAN SON 49 innocent walk over to the home of my girlfriend Veronica Ramirez, a block from my own house.

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