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Boxer De La Hoya Releasing Album

September 30, 2000

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Boxing hero Oscar De La Hoya says he has a soft side that nobody knows _ and he’s ready to sing about it.

De La Hoya, 27, says he wants to retire from the ring in about two years and devote himself to music.

``I want to do it forever,″ he said. ``I want to do it like Frank Sinatra.″

The five-time world boxing champ and 1992 Olympic gold medalist is releasing a self-titled album this month of love songs and ballads.

A single, in which he sings the Bee Gees’ hit ``Run to Me,″ has been released in English and Spanish versions.

His mother, a professional singer, dreamed of one of her sons pursuing a singing career, but De La Hoya said he pursued his father’s dream instead and became a fighter.

``It’s like somebody being trapped in somebody else’s body. That’s exactly the way I’ve been feeling,″ he said. ``And now with my singing, I can be the real me.″

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