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.