Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya has made a bold claim about his fighter, Ryan Garcia. The super-star lightweight fighter is now the company’s prized asset since they freed Canelo Alvarez. Therefore, ‘The Golden Boy’s’ words will not surprise fans and followers of the sport.
Garcia is fresh off a knockout victory over Luke Campbell. It was a fight that many were claiming would be the hardest of his career. The undefeated star had to dig deep and recover from a knockdown to get the victory.
As you can expect, there has been a lot of talk surrounding the youngster’s next move following his victory. His promoter De La Hoya has now given an insight into where they stand when it comes to Ryan Garcia’s future.
Michael Benson from TalkSPORT reported it on Twitter. He wrote, “Oscar De La Hoya: Ryan is ready to face anybody, that’s never a doubt, but it’s gonna be on our terms, on the terms of Ryan Garcia. It doesn’t mean business, no – when he’s ready, when he wants to.”
Benson also included what many will see as a bold claim from the promoter. “Every champion out there needs Ryan Garcia, it’s not the other way around,” claimed Benson.
It was a big statement as ‘KingRy’ is an interim champion and has never held a top-tier regular championship.
Why does Oscar De La Hoya think all fighters need Ryan Garcia?
Boxing is a lucrative sport with a lot of opportunities for earning. Ryan Garcia is a highly marketable asset, even without the world title. This is a result of his charisma and character out of the ring. So when you put the two together, you have an opportunity to host a huge fight whenever Garcia is on the card.
The perfect example of this is his last fight. Luke Campbell is a fairly subdued fighter and rarely gets into any altercations. However, because Ryan Garcia was the opponent, the pair naturally got involved in a war of words.
This undoubtedly contributed to the success of the event. Furthermore, it is a sign of what is to come. Imagine if both fighters have similar personalities. It could lead to fireworks, both inside and outside the ring. Therefore, we can see why Oscar De La Hoya claims every fighter needs Ryan Garcia.
What do you make of De La Hoya’s statements?