It has been quite a year for Oscar de la Hoya. He has gone from the depths which saw him go for rehabilitation for personal issues to the heights where he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in June.
Oscar, leader of “Golden Boy Promotions” was losing its luster. The relationship with HBO was traded for one with Showtime. The general feeling about the promotion was far from positive.
But Oscar made a promise.
“I said when I was inducted that Golden Boy Promotions would focus all its energies on a simple premise -bringing the best fights to the fans of our sport. “
It paid off as Golden Boy oversaw superfights like Alvarez-Lara, Hopkins-Kovalev, and Khan – Alexander. In particular Golden Boy has pushed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as their top star. In addition their are a few young stars they are nuturing which will make Golden Boy the place to go in the future years as well.
Many point to the stepping down of co-owner Richard Schaeffer as a major turning point. Oscar took more things into his hands and he moved to repair his relationship with HBO while retaining one with Showtime. Even more significant was rebuilding a working relationship with rival Top Rank.
Sports Illustrated recognized these major workings to award De La Hoya as Boxing Promoter of the year.
“I’m humbled and honored and thank Sports Illustrated for this incredible recognition.”
But Oscar is not stopping now. He is looking to build on recent success to extend into 2015.
“I’ll never forget that boxing is for the fans. I do this for them.” Oscar reminded. “I want them to get the fights they want to see, and I won’t rest until that happens.”