SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) champions and 2014 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees Joe Calzaghe and Oscar de la Hoya, will be honored during the 27th Annual WBO Convention, to be held from October 27 to October 31 at the Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced that this year’s event is dedicated to these two boxing greats, proud WBO Champions, and members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class in Canastota, New York.
“The WBO is honored to dedicate this 27th Annual Convention to these two boxing immortals, proud WBO champions Joe Calzaghe and Oscar de la Hoya, both always loyal to this organization throughout their careers, and clearly two of the best fighters in their generation and in all of history, current Members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Valcarcel, who also confirmed the presence of both of them during this years convention.
Calzaghe, the “Pride of Wales,” had an undefeated career consisting of a 46-0, 32 KOs record. But most impressive was his reign as WBO Super Middleweight (168 pounds) Champion. The southpaw won the WBO title on October 11, 1997, when he defeated former WBO Middleweight and Super Middleweight Champion Chris Eubank by unanimous decision. The Hall of Famer was the Super Middleweight Champion from 1997 to 2007, amassing 21 successful defenses (a Super Middleweight record), facing all kind of opponents. To end his great career, Calzaghe defeated two of the best fighters of his time, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr, to retire in 2008.
De la Hoya, on the other hand, known as the “Golden Boy” of boxing after his gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, had a quick ascent, going in to face in just his 12th fight as a professional, WBO Junior Lightweight Champion (130 pounds) Jimmi Bredahl. On March 5, 1994, De La Hoya defeated Bredahl by TKO in 10 rounds to win his first title. After a successful defense, De La Hoya moved up to the Lightweight (135 pounds) division to face Jorge “Maromero” Paez for the vacant WBO title. De la Hoya beat Paez by KO in two rounds to become the WBO 135 pound king, defending this belt six times before moving up in weight again. De la Hoya, who won titles in six different weight classes, also reigned as WBO Middleweight Champion when he won the title on June 5, 2004, with a unanimous decision victory over Felix Sturm. De La Hoya retired in 2008 with a record of 39-6 and 30 KOs. De la Hoya is currently a successful boxing promoter with his company Golden Boy Promotions.
Besides Calzaghe and De La Hoya, at the Convention is expected the presence of champions and former world champions, world ranked boxers, prospects, trainers, managers, promoters, boxing officers, and political, social and cultural personalities.
At the Convention will be discussed important topics as rules, rankings, among others.
On Monday, October 27, starting the Convention events, WBO members and special guests will play in another WBO Golf Tournament of Champions at the Royal Links Golf Club.
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