Former Mexican-American boxer Óscar de la Hoya, holder of 11 world titles in six different categories, and who on September 11, at 48 years of age, will return to the ring 13 years after his retirement, he has confessed sad and unfortunate episode he went through at the age of 13. “I was raped at 13 by a woman, an older woman. At 13 I lost my virginity because of being raped, basically. I was 13 years old and I was in Hawaii at a tournament, she was an older woman, about 35 years old, ” he confessed De La Hoya in a statement collected by the ‘Los Angeles Times’.
“I suppressed everything, you repress everything and you live this ‘Golden Boy’ life , but then you see that it’s still there. I never thought about it, I never processed how my feelings were reacting or processing until one day it comes out and how you deal with it .. . drinking, drowning in alcohol, trying to forget or trying to connect. It was very traumatic, “he confessed.
“I have peace with myself, that is what has given me strength to continue. Life has been hard ,” De La Hoya told a group of reporters at his Golden Boy Building office in Los Angeles, shortly before recounting an episode. which he still has not been able to overcome.
He will get back in the ring
“To close a chapter” of his life, on September 11, at the age of 48, he will once again get into the ring 13 years after his retirement . The last time De La Hoya had an official fight was in December 2008, in Las Vegas, against Pacquiao.
“I didn’t want to retire,” the boxer explained a few days before his fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Vitor Belfort.
“I let my emotions speak. I was defeated, exhausted and my mind said ‘retire now’. My physique decided for me. It took me all these years to have the courage, the strength to say ‘you know what, I’m going to go back and close this chapter. in my life and close it and live in peace. ‘ That is why we are here, because I want to show myself that I can do this, “he declared a few days after being able to close the chapter.