Will Oscar De La Hoya’s Outburst Cue An End to Davis v Garcia Talks?
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is currently hard in negotiations for a matchup between WBA Regular lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) and Ryan Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs). A highly anticipated affair, the bout is being targeted for April 15. However, there have been some hiccups along the way, to the frustration of De La Hoya, and he is none too shy about venting his opinion on PBC.
ONE PISSED-OFF PROMOTER
Davis is under the banner of PBC. De La Hoya is the promoter of record for Garcia and claims he has yet to receive a contract from Team Davis. The Golden Boy boss gave a January 16 deadline to get a contract, or he will move on.
Then there’s this additional shot across the bow. Now, De La Hoya has gone to social media to lambaste those who fight for PBC.
As a point of order, his claim is debatable. Floyd Mayweather Jr fought the last half of his career with PBC. He was inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame in 2022 and is considered a legend in this sport. Deontay Wilder has fought most of his career with the PBC. If the ex-WBC heavyweight champion were to retire right now, many observers would consider him a modern-day legendary fighter and a future Hall of Famer.
WHAT ULTIMATELY MATTERS
In the end, how does this affect the proposed contest between Davis and Garcia? De La Hoya’s deadline came and passed. So as it stands right now, the assumption is negotiations for that bout are still ongoing.
The bottom line is this bout has been talked about for a number of years. The fans want it. More importantly, the fighter wants it as well. It would be a shame if behind-the-scenes red tape prevents it from happening. Observers have their fingers crossed that things can be ironed out and resolved.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.