De La Hoya mixes it up with troops in Iraq


Olympic gold medalist and former 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya works with Spc. Anthony Tobin at Forward Operating Base Camp Justice, Iraq, March 13. (USO)

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has always been one of the Good Guys in pro sports, and he proved that again this month by visiting U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and the Middle East. De La Hoya, along with three up-and-coming fighters from his company, gave boxing clinics and mingled with various troops on the week-long trip, which sponsored by the USO.

The experience, which included visits to bases that came under fire, left him humbled.

“Hearing their stories and seeing what they go through on a daily basis has changed my life,” De La Hoya told ESPN’s Dan Rafael. “The opportunity to see how our troops live and understand their ability to be ready for anything at a moment’s notice showed me what it means to be truly brave.”

Read more about De La Hoya’s trip here.


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