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Oscar De La Hoya has alleged he was raped when aged just 13 by an 'older woman' in Hawaii.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times , 'The Golden Boy' said he never "processed" being the victim of the alleged sexual assault, and also opened up about the drug and alcohol addictions that plagued him post-retirement.
"I was raped at 13, from a woman, an older woman," said De La Hoya. "Thirteen, lost my virginity over being, you know, being raped, basically.
“I was in Hawaii, I think, at some tournament. She was over 35."
He managed to blank out the assault as he focused on what would become a hall-of-fame career, winning an Olympic gold medal at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics before turning professional. A total of 39 wins from 45 fights, and 11 world titles over six different weight categories, duly followed.
But he admitted he never knew how to deal with the alleged assault.
“You suppress everything," he said. "You’re living this life, the Golden Boy, but, oh s**t, wait, that’s still there.
"Like I never, like, thought about it, I never processed it, I never really thought how my feelings are – until one day it just comes out, and you don’t know how to deal with it.”
After retiring in 2009, De La Hoya continued his involvement in the sport via his company Golden Boy Promotions, but his issues with substance abuse became much publicised.
He claims to have cleaned up his lifestyle these past 12 months.
“I couldn’t be drinking and doing drugs and this and that. I’m going to throw my life away, you know?”
"Jesus, you've been waiting for this moment all your life.
"And once you're retired, once you're not doing what you love, there's a big hole."
It's been more than 12 years since his last fight – a defeat to Manny Pacquiao – but he was due to return to the ring against Vitor Belfort this month. However, that bout is now off after De La Hoya tested positive for Covid-19.
Prior to his positive diagnosis, De La Hoya spoke about his reasons for stepping back into the ring.
“This fight is f*****g crazy important. It's what makes or breaks me," he said. "Everybody who knows me knows that when I fight, I give it my all. When I train, I train like a mad man.
"I was tired of all these exhibitions. When you're up there, you're up there to go to war."
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