Oscar De La Hoya Backs Ryan Garcia After Canelo Alvarez’s Recent Criticism

Published 10/29/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Oscar de la Hoya after his victory against Luke Campbell for WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)


Lightweight star Ryan Garcia is grabbing mixed reactions from the combat community for his long lay-off since beating Luke Campbell in January this year. He has walked out of two scheduled fights since then. Fans are still unaware of his comeback plans.

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While the 135 lbs division is going through a massive turnover, Garcia’s absence can put him far from the title shot.

KingRy’s stablemate Canelo Alvarez has also ridiculed him in a chat with Complex sports. The P4P King, who is looking to appear in his third fight of the year, blamed Ryan Garcia for wasting his immense talent.

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Nevertheless, Oscar De La Hoya is still backing his prodigy. The Golden Boy kingpin took to social media and stood beside Ryan Garcia in his tough times. De La Hoya posted a picture of him beside Garcia on Twitter and expressed himself in the caption.

De La Hoya wrote, “There are many times when a fighter cannot step inside the ring due to circumstances which are out of the their control. This is one of those times for Ryan.”

Per reports, ‘KingRy’ contracted an arm injury ahead of his WBC Interim title fight against Joseph Diaz and was forced to pull out. Now, Diaz may directly fight for the WBC world title against Devin Haney, while Garcia will remain out of action.

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Ryan Garcia can have a tough challenge ahead

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Following this long hiatus, Garcia may enter into a vicious 135 lbs division. A year back, the youngster was aiming to face Gervonta Davis and other A-listers. Now, as more names have entered the ride and as Garcia has slipped in the scheme of things, he needs to earn his title shot again.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 21: Ryan Garcia attends Premiere Of “One Night: Joshua Vs. Ruiz” at Writers Guild Theater on November 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

He can no longer aim for the below-average opponents and rightfully shouldn’t. However, he may have to beat many opponents who are below him and ensure that he can thwart their hungry challenges. That being said, he is in for a tough time.

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Thus, Ryan Garcia may have to prioritize Canelo Alvarez’s advice before actually stepping through the ropes again. Do you think Ryan Garcia will return stronger? Will he be able to overcome any challenge?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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