California lawmakers honor boxer Oscar De La Hoya

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Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 1:03 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are honoring Oscar De La Hoya, nicknamed the Golden Boy of boxing, for his contributions to the Golden State.

De La Hoya was recognized Thursday by state Sen. Kevin de Leon and former Assembly Speaker John Perez, both Democrats from Los Angeles.

The Olympic gold medalist and winner of 10 world titles was recently inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

De Leon says De La Hoya helped California's economy by creating the nation's first boxing promotional company owned by a Hispanic-American. He says De La Hoya dedicated his life to giving back to youths in disadvantaged areas of Los Angeles.

De La Hoya thanked lawmakers for the legislative proclamations and said he strives "to be an example of victory not only inside the ring but outside the ring."

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