Golden Boy Promotions partner and boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya issued a statement saying that he has voluntarily entered himself into rehabilitation for substance addiction, during the week leading up to one of the biggest boxing matches in recent memory:
“I will not be at the fight this Saturday to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility,” De La Hoya said in his statement. “I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long term recovery from my disease must come first.”
De La Hoya has been instrumental is promoting the September 14th bout between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez, a fight that has the makings to be one of the highest-grossing boxing matches in history. De La Hoya himself participated in a similar bout with Mayweather six years ago, losing a decision to the pound-for-pound king. The Los Angeles native has entered rehab before and regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous to help cope with the addiction.
De La Hoya has admittedly battled substances for a few years now after retiring from boxing to become a full-time promoter in 2008 and was 39-6 with 30 knockouts during his career. He has also been a promotion partner annually for some of the largest fights in boxing in recent years. We wish De La Hoya the best of luck in his recovery from substance addiction.
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