ABC’s Dancing with the Stars
has earned quite a reputation as a makeover vehicle for “has been” stars and has created such rousing publicity even with rumored contestants that are set to appear on the popular dance show. Apart from actors, the popular program is also known to include sports figures just like boxing icons Evander Holyfield
and Laila Ali
, who joined the competition during season one and season four respectively. The latest hype surrounds yet another legendary icon who will attempt to redeem his stance in the eyes of the viewers. Yes, it’s confirmed! Oscar De La Hoya, also known as the “Golden Boy” of the boxing arena, is set to star on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars
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For those of you who are not familiar, De La Hoya, a 34-year old Mexican American Boxer, has acquired a gold medal for the United States Boxing Team at the Barcelona Olympic games. He is considered as one of boxing’s legendary icons, being named as Ring Magazine's "Fighter of the Year" in 1995 and Ring Magazine's best "Pound for Pound" fighter in the world in 1997. He has been through numerous fights and have generated almost half a billion dollars in sales alone. He is also the only fighter in boxing history to win the world titles on six weight classes.
After seeing the foxtrots and tangos of fellow boxers Evander Holyfield and Laila Ali on the Dancing with the Stars
, De La Hoya has decided to flaunt his dance moves as well. In fact, he has hinted that he will concentrate on dance training after his big fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., which marks his retreat from boxing. "I'm getting ready for Dancing With The Stars
. Once I retire from boxing [I'll do it]," Oscar De La Hoya said back then.
And now that De La Hoya has lost his WBC super welterweight title to Mayweather by controversial split-decision, his timing to join Dancing with the Stars
couldn’t be better.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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