ESPN’s Teddy Atlas Reacts to Oscar De La Hoya Retirement; WBC On Stanley Levin, DLH
With Tuesday’s retirement announcement by fighter Oscar De La Hoya dominating the talk of the boxing world, ESPN’s Teddy Atlas weighed on in the subject. “For a while there, he was the face of boxing,” said Atlas. “He took boxing through some slow times. He fought all the top opponents and made more money in this sport than anyone else..”
Article posted on 15.04.2009
While Atlas was not ready to lump De La Hoya, a 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, into a class with the greatest fighters ever, he said his impact was far-reaching. “You could say that De La Hoya, in some ways, did for the lighter classes what Muhammad Ali did for the heavier classes,” said Atlas.
Atlas, who provides analysis on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, which is on hiatus this week, said he was most impressed with De La Hoya’s willingness to take top-notch fights. “He fought significant opponents and took significant punches but never backed down,” said Atlas. “If you wanted to get to the top, everyone knew that you had to go through Oscar.”
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS
From WBC President José Sulaimán:
“All of us at the World Boxing Council were saddened to hear about the recent passing away of Stanley Levin of Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Levin represented several boxers, including Roy Jones Jr., and was a respected and well-liked member of the boxing community for many years.
“We also join in mourning with ring official Richie Davies of England, whose wife of 33 years, Esme, recently passed away after a long battle with cancer.
“All of us send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Mr. Levin and Mrs. Davies.
“It was also very sad to hear that former WBC super lightweight champion of the world Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand is in intensive care at a Bangkok hospital with a very serious health problem. Sansaek was one of the most famous of all Thai boxers. He won the WBC world championship on his third professional fight and ended his successful career with a fight against Thomas Hearns. The WBC has for more than 15 years helped Saensak with a medicine and food pension, and we hope and pray that he will recover.
“I am happy with the news that Oscar de la Hoya has retired from boxing and will now continue as a professional boxing promoter, where he has done so well, and we’re sure he will continue his success.
“Oscar has been one of the most successful boxers of all time, and fought the best of his time. He won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, and showed with pride the flag of the United States as well as the flag of Mexico.
“I am personally happy for his decision. Oscar has a very nice family and a good business to take care of, instead of continuing to risk his health in the ring. He had nothing else to prove in his brilliant career.
“Oscar and the WBC formed a great couple during his prime, when he became one of the greatest WBC champions of all time. On behalf of the WBC, I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations not only for his wise decision, but also for having been one of the absolute greatest fighters of the WBC and boxing.
“We have always been very proud of Oscar and the four WBC world championships he won in different divisions that opened the doors for the world idolatry that he won during his professional boxing career.”
From WBCares chairperson Jill Diamond:
“Thanks to Brian Adams and the New York Daily News, on April 16 and 17 WBC World Boxing Cares is taking 40 children from the N.Y. Foundling Leadership Program and Lutheran Services to the Golden Gloves at Madison Square Garden. Also, on April 18, WBCares & Athletes for Charity will send another 25 children as guests of the Red Bulls to Giant Stadium to watch the Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake.”
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