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HarperCollins to publish Oscar De La Hoya autobiography
Edited Press Release
HarperEntertainment, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced
it has acquired an autobiography by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya.
To be called "American Son," De La Hoya’s book will chronicle his rise
as one of the most-talked about fighters in the history of boxing, a
frank and touching memoir about his pursuit and achievement of the
deal for the HarperEntertainment imprint was struck by Rene Alegria. The deal was made with
literary agent Luke Janklow of
Janklow/Nesbit for world rights with the book to be published on May
20th of this year.
"The time is right for me to tell my story," says De La Hoya. "I’ve
been through a lot, and have experienced some really amazing events in
my life. But I try everyday to keep it all real and into perspective. I
think the book will surprise many."
"This is a success story that, in its retelling, can serve as an
inspiration for millions," says Rene Alegria of the legend’s life
story. "Timely and provocative, the book is a story of an immigrant’s
son, whose early life-struggles deeply forged the life he enjoys today.
With sports celebrities as heavily scrutinized as they are, this book
will provide readers with new insight into the private life of this
very public figure."
The son of Mexican-born immigrants, Oscar De La Hoya is one of the most
beloved athletes in America, and one of the greatest boxers of all
time, defeating over a dozen world champions and winning six world
titles and an Olympic gold medal. In American Son, he talks about the
hard work and perseverance it took to rise to the top, the fights he
has won and lost, and the pitfalls of stardom. A tale of grit and
determination, hard work and deeply held moral values, American Son is
a success story sure to inspire anyone hoping to make their own dream
In American Son, De La Hoya
Money, money, money. He
shows the difficulties of being the Golden Boy,
a teen-ager suddenly worth millions, trying to separate the good guys
from the shysters, getting ripped off by a business advisor and finally
finding financial security and establishing a burgeoning business
empire under the guidance of former Swiss banker Richard Schaefer.
The wild life. He details
his gambling habits, his interaction with
celebrities like Paris Hilton
and the night he broke down crying in the
midst of a party, realizing how far he had drifted from the family life
he so desperately wanted.
Family. He discusses his
kids, both in and out of wedlock, his
womanizing, his therapy sessions and the ultimate happiness he has
discovered with his beloved wife Millie
and their two young children.
His roots in Mexico. He traces the
migration of the Gonzalez and De La Hoya families from Tecate and
Durango to the barrio of East L.A. and fondly remembers the long, lazy
days he spent on periodic trips back to the old country, running
barefoot in the fields and bonding with the elders.
Winning the Olympic gold medal
for his deceased mother. He opens up about the heart-wrenching
experience of watching her die from breast cancer, his vow to win the
gold for her, his struggles to do so and the day he brought that gold
to her grave.
Memorable fights. He puts
the reader in the ring for his famous matches, from Julio Cesar Chavez to Felix Trinidad to Floyd Mayweather, and provides
juicy, behind-the-scenes anecdotes about other matches, including the
girls he snuck into his room.
American Son is the frank and touching memoir of how one of the most
talked about fighters in the history of boxing overcame the odds and
achieved the American Dream.
About the author:
Oscar De La Hoya is one of the most beloved athletes in America, and
one of the greatest boxers of all time. Born into a boxing family De La
Hoya has generated a total of almost half a billion dollars in sales
alone, defeating over a dozen world champions and winning 6 world
titles and an Olympic gold medal. He is the owner of Golden Boy Promotions, a boxing
promotions organization, and has also formed Golden Boy Partners, a
company focused on urban development in Latino communities with eight
projects under construction, and has a separate partnership to develop
lifestyle centers, which include everything from condominiums to malls.
He divides his time between Puerto Rico and Los Angeles.
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