De La Hoya checks into rehab
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Former boxing champion and current boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya announced on Tuesday that he has voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility.
"Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend," said De La Hoya in the statement. "His is the ring and mine in treatment."
De La Hoya didn't detail in his statement what he was checking in for, but he did say that he will not be attending the Floyd Mayweather-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fight this weekend in Las Vegas. De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions represents Alvarez.
"I will not be at the fight this Saturday to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility," he added.
"I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and longterm recovery from my disease must come first."
De La Hoya has battled drug and alcohol problems in the past.
"Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family," De La Hoya concluded.
De La Hoya, a 10-time champion in six different weight classes, was 39-6-0 with 30 of the wins coming by knockout in his career. He won titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight divisions.
Among his many accomplishments, De La Hoya claimed the only U.S. gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics after beating Marco Rudolph by a 7-2 decision.
09/10 15:22:54 ET