I guess May is the month for us to mourn for the careers of boxers past. First that farce of a fight between Sugar Shane and Manny, then Roy Jones Jr. gets knocked out in Moscow, now word that Golden boy, Oscar De La Hoya has entered rehab for substance abuse.
Per TMZ the former top rated pound-for-pound fighter entered a rehab in California. He released the following statement to them:
“After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws.
“Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person.
“I ask for respect and privacy as my family and I go through this process.”
Of course as more details become available, I’ll update, for now well wishes as he undertakes his next battle.