Oscar De La Hoya Admits He Was Doubtful About Ryan Garcia’s Abilities

Published 01/02/2021, 5:26 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Golden Boy Promotions’ CEO Oscar De La Hoya has made a bold admission about Ryan Garcia. The former boxer and current promoter has admitted he had his doubts about the superstar’s ability in the ring a few years ago.

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Garcia is set to face Luke Campbell, who many claim is his toughest test yet. However, De La Hoya is confident about him winning the fight. He is also confident of Garcia’s chances against fellow lightweight Gervonta Davis.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 09: Boxer Oscar De La Hoya arrives at the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ at the El Capitan Theatre on February 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Speaking at the press conference, De La Hoya said, “I think Ryan Garcia walks through the ‘Tank”. And if you were to ask me like three or four years ago, I would have been kind of like, maybe questioning it.”

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This could explain why De La Hoya has taken his time in setting up the big fights for his fighter.

The promoter then went to add, “But now, Ryan Garcia is that fighter who is improving, the fighter who is growing, the fighter who is getting stronger and faster. I think Ryan Garcia walks right through the ‘Tank’. I really do.”

READ: Oscar De La Hoya Compares Ryan Garcia to Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez: ‘He Has the It Factor’

Oscar De La Hoya explains why it’s a unique situation with Ryan Garcia.

After claiming that Garcia will beat Davis, De La Hoya explained why the situation is different with his fighter. He said, “The beautiful thing about Ryan is that every world champion is calling him out, you know. It’s not the other way around.”

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One of the main reasons for this is Garcia’s social media fame. All his rivals have come out and showed their dismay at his antics and have expressed their desire to expose him as a fake. As a result, the 22-year-old silver champion gets called out by champions like Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis.

However, fans may not agree with the promoter’s comments, and the fight with Davis could be much closer. When he takes on Luke Campbell on Saturday, we will get a better idea. Do you think Gervonta Davis would be an easy fight for Ryan Garcia?

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READ:  Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell: Fight Prediction and Analysis

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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