By Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Springer
Born right into a boxing relatives, the son of Mexican-born mom and dad, Oscar "the Golden Boy" De l. a. Hoya has lived the yank Dream—achieving extraordinary luck in every thing from athletics to company, from the recording to various charitable ventures. The winner of six international titles and an Olympic gold medal, he has defeated greater than a dozen global champions and has left a favorable mark at the game of boxing, inspiring many that had all yet given up desire. American Son is his story—a quintessentially American story—a frank, touching, and revealing memoir from probably the most celebrated warring parties within the heritage of boxing. it's the exciting story of an immigrant's son—the chronicle of an grand life's trip that gives new perception into the personal global and memorable profession of a gentleman, an athlete, and a real nationwide icon.
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All the others had been defeated, and once the ﬁghters lost, they would go their own way, not sticking around to support the survivors. Instead, they went out to party and have a good time. AMERICAN SON 19 I had an American ﬂag in my hand as I approached the ring. My aunt Irma handed me a Mexican ﬂag and told me, “Hold this in honor of your mother. ” For my mother? Of course. S. Olympic ofﬁcial blocked my path. “If you take that up there,” he said, pointing to the Mexican ﬂag, “we are going to disqualify you.
She would take all day to clean. My brother and I would wonder, How many times can she clean this place? She was meticulous. This was her nest and she was determined to maintain it as a comfort zone for her growing family. My mother cooked like there was no tomorrow. She always made chorizo and eggs for breakfast, carne asada or some other kind of meat along with beans for dinner. And you can be sure there was salsa on the table. She was known for her homemade salsas, along with her tortillas and guacamole.
You can imagine how that went over with my friends. I lasted two periods in school, then left. After that, it was back to my good old jeans. I have to admit, starting when I was about nine, I went to a Kmart on several occasions and stole a pencil and some erasers. I just stuffed them in my pocket and walked out. I was scared, but that didn’t stop me. I needed them for school. I can’t imagine what would have happened if my parents had found out. Actually, I can guess what my mother would have done.
American Son: My Story by Oscar De La Hoya, Steve Springer