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American Son: My Story Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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“De La Hoya’s memoir reads fast and well. It reveals a man who is capable of far deeper sincerity than the “Golden Boy” who graces the podium at press conferences.” (CBS Sports)
“This memoir, his first literary glance in the rearview mirror, is a revealing and solid read.” (Los Angeles Times)
“An inspiring and motivating title …, an entertaining description of the ins and outs of a boxing career, and a fascinating insight into a Latino hero.” (Críticas Magazine)
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Oscar De La Hoya is one of the most beloved athletes in America and one of the greatest boxers of all time. He was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between Puerto Rico and southern California.
Oscar De La Hoya es uno de los deportistas más queridos de Estados Unidos, y uno de los mejores boxeadores de todos los tiempos. Nació en Los Ángeles, y ahora reparte su tiempo entre Puerto Rico y el sur de California.
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However, i found it quite an intersting read, with a full expose on his childhood, teenage years, and all the way to his successes as head of GBP.
Oscar is not afraid to reveal his frailties, and shortcomings which always endears a boxer to the reader.
One troubling message that i am left with, is his eagerness to inform us of his many charitable foundations and the work he does for the underpriviliged.
Most sports stars, only gently mention they are involved with various charities, but here we are given full chapter and verse of all his donations, foundations, schools, scholarships....the list is endless.
However, he is a nice guy, and i am left with the thought...."that is what i was meant to think".
If you want a five stars boxing read....try, Johnny Tapia, Chris Eubank or Teddy Atlas.
The downsides of this book are De la Hoya's tendency to have excuses for literally all of his professional losses and poor performances, while purposefully leaving out times when he had questionable decision wins (Felix Sturm, Pernell Whitaker)
Also, the book took nearly two months to arrive, I'm from Ireland and this was being shipped from the US. No matter what way you look at it, two months is a bit much!
His image has always been that of boxings clean cut, respectable, nice guy and nothing in this book suggests anything other than that.
Which would make for a rather dull story, but the level of his success and the mainstream fame and fortune he's achieved are points that create enough interest to save the book.
Was ok and is worth a read, but I think there are more exciting reads from the world of Boxing.
I was impressed with his honesty where he admited that Felix Sturm had beaten him and was gracious enough to tell Sturm after the fight.
He opens the books with a number of chapters about his family life that I found of minor interest. His amatuer career was well documented and very intersting as he describes how he put on gloves at 4 years old and takes up the sport proper at 6 years.
The fights in the amateurs are described in some detail but his pro career is not given the same attention
The chapter on Chazez revealed little about the fights and more a slight resentment that he was in the Mexicans shadow for a long period and never got his adoration in Mexico.
He did have fueds with Vargas and Mayorga and these may have spiced the book up a bit but generally it was a sanatised skip through his career. Very sheened and superficial.
The Golden Boy Promotions element is almost like a commercial as the stratgic corporate agenda is unvieled. The recent controversy about Amir Khans purse split plus the favoured relationship with HBO seem slightly inconsistant with the blurb.
All in all I found this a lightwight book and not easy to recomend.
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