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Oscar De La Hoya checks into rehab

Oscar De La Hoya looks on prior to his junior middleweight boxing match against Forbes, May 3, 2008. (Mark J. Terrill)

May 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has checked into a rehabilitation clinic in California for substance abuse.

The nature of his substance abuse is unclear.

In a statement released Saturday night, the former champion boxer known as "Golden Boy" said, "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," he added.

De La Hoya asked for respect and privacy through the process.