New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad, who provided one of the best boxing rivalries in history of the sport, were elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
De La Hoya and Trinidad were elected in their first year of eligibility. They will join former super middleweight world champion Joe Calzaghe, who was also elected in his first year on the ballot.
Also elected were British promoter Barry Hearn and referee Richard Steele in the non-participant category, journalist Graham Houston and photographer Neil Leifer in the observer category, George Chaney, Charles Ledoux and Mike O’Dowd in the old-timer category and Tom Allen in the pioneer category.
The inductees, voted on by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of boxing historians, will be enshrined June 8 during the 25h annual inductions ceremonies at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.
“I am honored and appreciative to be chosen for the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 and I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me,” said De La Hoya, who won 10 world titles in six weight divisions during his 1992 to 2008 career.
De La Hoya also won a 1992 Olympic gold medal but has struggled with substance abuse issues during retirement. He also founded Golden Boy Promotions, one of the leading promotional companies in the world.
“To know that I will be in the Hall of Fame with the greats of this sport is humbling, but it’s also put a smile on my face that isn’t coming off anytime soon,” added De La Hoya, who retired with a record of 39-6 with 30 KOs.
De La Hoya beat Hall of Famers Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. (twice), Pernell Whitaker and Arturo Gatti. He also faced the likes of Trinidad, Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Ike Quartey, Shane Mosley (twice), Fernando Vargas, Hector Camacho Sr. and Genaro Hernandez.
De La Hoya and Trinidad were undefeated champions in their prime when they met in a 1999 welterweight unification fight in Las Vegas that resulted in a highly controversial majority decision win for Trinidad and 1.4 million pay-per-view buys, a record at the time for the biggest selling non-heavyweight pay-per-view fight.
Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs) is arguably the most popular fighter in Puerto Rican history. He won five world titles in three weight classes throughout his 1990 to 2008 career. He walked away for good after a decision loss to Roy Jones Jr. in a meeting of two superstars past their prime.
Calzaghe (46-0, 32 KOs) fought from 1993 to 2008 career in which he unified super middleweight world titles and won the lineal light heavyweight championship.