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“If You Beat Tiger Woods…” – Boxing Legend Once Made Iconic Comparison For Ryan Garcia

Published 07/16/2022, 12:14 PM EDT

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Ryan Garcia is currently one of the most promising young prospects in boxing. The 22-0 boxer is ready for the next chapter in his young career as he is set to face off against Javier Fortuna on July 16th.

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Moreover, it looks like Garcias’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya had high praise for the Flash as he once compared him to an iconic legend.


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De La Hoya makes an iconic comparison

Back in 2019, Oscar De La Hoya was asked by a reporter from ESPNews about the friction between fighters and Garcia before his fights.

De La Hoya then stated that these things were bound to happen and that things would get “heated” with every fighter Garcia will face in the future, “I think every fighter that Ryan is gonna face now its gonna get heated. Everybody wants to beat him.” He told the reporter.


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Moreover, He then compared Garcia to golfing legend Tiger Woods, stating that both of them have had targets on their back because of their fame and following, “it’s like funny because in golf, cause I’m a big golfer. So like for instance, if you beat Tiger Woods it doesn’t make you Tiger Woods and everybody thinks that it’s going to make them Tiger Woods. I think Ryan may be in that same position where he has so many followers and everybody wants those followers and everybody wants that attention and everybody wants to beat him so bad, so there is going to be that friction you know with everybody he faces.” He said.

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Lastly, he added that this only motivated Garcia and compared the Flash to a younger version of himself. ” It’s good because it just motivates him. It kind of gets his juices flowing, you know, and it reminds me of me when I was a kid when I was fighting,” He added.

It seems like De La Hoya is confident that Garcia will reach the heights that Woods has been able to, although it is too soon to tell at this stage in Garcia’s career.

Ryan Garcia flaunts his new physique ahead of the Fortuna fight

The Flash took to Twitter to show off his new physique before this fight and posted a photo of himself with the caption” kill or be killed“.


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The 23-year-old boxer looks in great shape with a lean, muscular physique, certainly looking ready for his challenge ahead. Moreover, Garcia will be motivated to add another win to his unbeaten record so that he can eventually take on long-time rival Gervonta Davis. Garcia is still very young and has a lot of time to build his legacy, and it looks like he is moving in the right direction.


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Written by:

Sahil Sood


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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.
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