Deleted Tweet Highlights The Drama Surrounding Ryan Garcia and Golden Boy
Throughout all of social media, Ryan Garcia has made it known he does not feel respected by Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya. Now, he and his team are looking to get their side of the story out there.
Originally, Garcia (20-0) was supposed to fight on July 4 for Golden Boy’s return. He then hinted that the fight would not be happening, and ultimately, called out Golden Boy and DAZN for offering him $200,000 to compete. Garcia believes he is not getting the respect he deserves as a big-name fighter for the promotion, and requested $500,000. He was then replaced by Vergil Ortiz Jr.
Oscar De la Hoya has taken this personally. He has also been active on social media, trying to persuade Garcia towards his side of things. This is especially true given the circumstances regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Garcia has since responded on social media to De La Hoya, stating in a now-deleted tweet:
“You do realize you’re supposed to be my promoter not hater right?”
Garcia has won seven fights since 2018. He won the WBO-NABO and WBC Silver Lightweight Titles against Romero Duno in November via TKO, his third win in a row via knockout. “KingRy” won his last bout in February, hitting Francisco Fonseca with a devastating knockout punch.
Garcia advisor Lupe Valencia would end up telling ESPN that the offer given by Golden Boy was “not acceptable”, and Garcia was ready to wait as long as he could for a better one.
“This is the problem — it’s complicated, things are not irreparable right now,” Valencia stated. “We’re going to get through this, but for this particular fight, Golden Boy asked DAZN to do a fight with a limited budget because of the whole COVID thing. My understanding was DAZN was planning to come back in September. Golden Boy wanted them to come back earlier and headline Ryan. My understanding is DAZN agreed to come back earlier with a limited budget.
“Our opinion was that we weren’t willing to come back earlier on the limited budget. That’s really the gist of it.”
This is not the first time Garcia has had issues with De la Hoya and Golden Boy. Back in September, Garcia used his social media presence to complain about an opponent change, and how Golden Boy wasn’t treating him fairly.
Garcia has been hoping to face fighters like Jorge Linares and Gervonta Davis. With talks at a standstill, only time will tell to see if Garcia gets what he wants.