Oscar De La Hoya Says Teofimo Lopez Wants Ryan Garcia But ‘KingRy’ Pulls the Strings

Published 03/20/2021, 11:00 PM EDT


Ryan Garcia and Teofimo Lopez rank among the biggest prospects on the lightweight roster. The two young guns have battered all of their opponents to make their way to the top. But there have been absolutely no talks about these stout talents facing each other in the near future.

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This bout lures the fans and hardcore boxing enthusiasts, making it an extremely intriguing fight. Recently, Garcia’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, was in conversation on The Pug and Copp Boxing Show.

Here he addressed this concern and offered his two cents on the same. “Everybody needs Ryan Garcia, so I was talking to Teofimo and he can’t wait to fight Ryan Garcia. He wants to fight Ryan Garcia.

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“But it’s a matter of fact is that we feel that Ryan Garcia is in a position right now that he can call the shots and not even being world champion. That’s the unique part about this.

“So look, they just have to let me do my job and we can make all these fights happen,” said ‘Golden Boy’.

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)

De La Hoya confessed about meeting the unified lightweight champ, Teofimo Lopez. And ‘Takeover’ expressed his curiosity and desire for a fight against ‘KingRy’ in what would be a glorious and hard-fought battle.

‘Golden Boy’ asserted that it is the magnetic aura of the WBC interim lightweight champ that attracts such massive fights, despite him not being a World Champion.

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Can Ryan Garcia vs Teofimo Lopez happen in 2021?

‘Takeover’ already has a title defense against George Kambosos Jr. The dates for that fight are not scheduled yet, but it is expected to take place by mid-2021.

If Lopez gets past Kambosos Jr. in this bout, then he’ll be free to take any and everyone in line for the throne. But a fight with Garcia will be huge if the latter dethrones Devin Haney from his spot to claim the WBC belt.

OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez walks to his corner after the seventh round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

‘KingRy’ and Lopez might butt heads against each other in a momentous undisputed title fight if all things go well for both fighters in their upcoming fights.

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De La Hoya is keen on booking this fight, and it’ll be interesting to see how things play out for both the fighters in the coming few months.

Do you envision this fight happening in 2021? If yes, then who will you be rooting for?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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