That is according to Oscar De La Hoya. Garcia recently bounced back from his loss to Gervonta Davis to knock out Oscar Duarte in the eighth round. The boxer overcame his verbal outburst against De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins in the pre-fight press conference to secure a first win under his new trainer, Derrick James. A win over Romero gives Garcia his first world title, with a chance to unify the division.
“We’re going to sit down with Team Ryan Garcia and he has expressed a lot of interest in fighting Rolly, and if that’s the fight they want, if that’s the fight we have to negotiate then so be it. As his promoter I will get him the best deal structure and we will once again build one of the biggest PPVs of the year,” De La Hoya said
The other names in the division include Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez and Subriel Matias. All three of them hold titles. Lopez is the current WBO champion after beating Josh Taylor. Matias holds the IBF belt. As we have reported, Matias is in talks with Lopez for a unification fight next summer. Haney is the other likely opponent. He became the WBC champion after overpowering Regis Prograis to become a two-weight world champion. Following the fight, Garcia called him out.
Haney is Good no doubt but I know him all to well and I will beat him. Good stuff tonight congrats but this year we are going to run it!!! 😤
— RYAN GARCIA (@RyanGarcia) December 10, 2023
A world title is in Garcia’s plans and 2024 could be the year where he grabs his first world title.