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Welter weight champ Oscar De La Hoya made himself famous thanks to his knockouts and magnificent battles in the ring… now he’s squaring off against tougher rivals: drinking and cocaine. The boxing champ checked into rehab a few weeks ago after substance abuse led him to wander away from his marriage. Odds.

“After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on,” De La Hoya told TMZ. “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.”

If the reports of marital infidelity are certainly true, the Mexican boxing champ wouldn’t be the first drug abuser to blame drugs or alcohol for his failed marriage. According to experts, there is a very common link between infidelity and substance abuse

Cocaine abuse can make people lose their shyness by producing a “hypomanic” state, which is noticeable by feelings of grandiosity and impulsivity. That could add up to improper conduct like infidelity. Scores.

Hypomania is linked with strange levels of neurotransmitters levels like dopamine and serotonin, and cocaine can activate extra changes in those levels. No matter what led De La Hoya to look for rehab, he seems all set for the test he says he faces.

On his twitter account, he told fans in Spanish, “I promise that I will rise from the canvas and knock out this sickness and continue to grow as a person.” Let’s see if our athlete can overcome his weaknesses. Las Vegas odds.

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