Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya is currently participating in his first USO tour to the Middle East. On Thursday, De La Hoya (third from right) visited with U.S. soldiers from Area Support Group at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. He was joined by three boxers from his Golden Boy Promotions stable (left to right): Seth Mitchell, Adrien Broner and Danny Jacobs (far right).
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De La Hoya (right) has lunch with U.S. soldiers assigned to Area Support Group in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
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De La Hoya (second from right) is given basic operating instructions on the .50-caliber machine gun aboard a U.S. Navy patrol boat in Kuwait as Danny Jacobs (right) and Seth Mitchell (left) look on.
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De La Hoya spars with Staff Sergeant Karla Tyson of Brooklyn, N.Y., while visiting a military base in Kuwait.
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De La Hoya (right) holds the microphone and asks Danny Jacobs (center) questions before he provides a boxing demonstration with SPC Juan Morel (left) of Providence, R.I. while touring an undisclosed miltiary base on Friday.
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Top middleweight prospect Danny Jacobs (right) lands a blow to the glove of SPC Juan Morel (left) of Providence, R.I., while touring an undisclosed military base in Kuwait on Friday.
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De La Hoya (right) and Robert Gasparri (center) share a laugh with U.S. Army LTC Mark Crumpton, the Deputy Garrison Commander, Area Support Group at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
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Up-and-coming heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell -- a former Michigan State linebacker -- poses for a photograph with MSG Melissa Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y. "I have nothing but respect for our men and women in uniform and I thank the USO for giving me the opportunity to go out and show them my appreciation," Mitchell said. "So far, this tour has been awesome and I can't wait to return back home and tell everyone about it."
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De La Hoya speaks to U.S. troops serving in Kuwait on Thursday.
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De La Hoya poses for photos with U.S. troops and signs autographs.
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De La Hoya (right) poses for a photograph with the Major Larry Kniffin of Camp Patriot at an undisclosed miltiary base in Kuwait on Friday.
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De La Hoya signs autographs for U.S. troops.
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De La Hoya (right) helps tape up Adrien Broner as Seth Mitchell looks on at Area Support Group at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
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De La Hoya uses the speed bag while taping a public service announcement for U.S. troops serving in the Middle East.
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De La Hoya (second from right) poses with (left to right) Seth Mitchell, Daniel Jacobs and Adrien Broner during their USO tour. "As a professional boxer I know what it's like to have your mind and body pushed to the limit, and can relate to how our troops must feel," De La Hoya said. "The difference is when they are out here fighting for us, they don't get a break between rounds or to rest between fights, as they are on call and ready to defend our country at a moment's notice. This USO tour is an eye-opening and very humbling experience for me. I can't believe what sacrifices these guys are making and I only hope they know how much I appreciate their service."
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