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Boxer De La Hoya Gets Record Deal

June 23, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Boxer Oscar De La Hoya has entered the music arena with a strong one-two combination: singing lessons and a record deal.

The deal with EMI Latin Records was closed Monday. It ended a bidding war for the fighter, who has been pursued by record labels since he sang last year on the Spanish-language talk show ``Cristina,″ Daily Variety reported Wednesday.

De La Hoya will sing on Spanish- and English-language albums. He has been getting vocal instruction from celebrity voice coach Seth Riggs.

Artists at EMI Latin include Carlos Ponce, Ednita Nazario, Graciela Beltran and the late Selena.

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