Oscar De La Hoya sends a message to Eddie Hearn
Boxing in the second half of the year is looking to kick things back into high gear and the fighters are wanting to make some big fights as well. One of those fights is between Golden Boy Promotions’ top prospect Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (20-0, 17ko) and Matchroom Boxing’s Luke “Cool Hand” Campbell (20-3, 16ko). The winner of the fight becomes a mandatory challenger to WBC champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15ko).
Furthermore, Kingry had an option to face the WBO mandatory opponent Emmanuel “The Gameboy” Tagoe (31-1, 15Ko). This would have put him in the direct path of facing the winner between Vasiliy Lomanchenko and Teofimo Lopez.
Garcia has made it clear that he wants the big fights and has an ongoing social media beef with the WBC champion. He once called into question the accomplishments of The Dream. These two have been jabbing at each other all year, even before COVID-19 closed the door on the sport.
Moreover, by selecting to fight the 2012 British Olympic gold medalist, it stays on message with what the heir to the Canelo throne has been saying of wanting a big fight against a top guy. So you can imagine how exciting it was when Kingry posted a picture to social media of him and Campbell facing each other.
WHAT’S THE HOLD UP?
However, as of right now, there hasn’t been an official announcement, begging the question what is the holdup?
This is where things get interesting. It appears that whatever the issues are, Golden Boy’s head honcho Oscar De La Hoya took to social media with a subliminal message for British promoter Eddie Hearn.
Well, that is about as cut and dry as it gets. Hopefully, whatever issues they need to get worked out, if this pandemic has shown us anything, it is that the time for waiting and letting fights build is over. The sport needs to make as many big fights as possible.
By: Garrisson Bland