“That’s Just Disrespectful and Embarrassing”: Fans Remain Furious Despite Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions Willing to Refund Tickets Following Main Event Debacle

Published 03/18/2023, 7:15 PM EDT

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Gilberto Ramirez was set to square off against Gabe Rosado on the 18th of March,2023. The bout was sanctioned at 175lbs and Ramirez came in more than 7lbs heavier. The former champion unofficially weighed in at 182.6 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in as per ESPN. The fight was thereafter called off. The main event for the card is now Joseph Diaz Jr. vs Mercito Gesta.

Due to changes made in the main event of the card, Golden boy promotions released a public statement on the refund policy. Though, after assuring attendees to be refunded, the fans at large were not pleased with the fighter and the promotions.

Fans call out Oscar De La Hoya for the main event being pulled off


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Golden boy promotions took to Twitter and made a public statement about the refunding policy. It stated, “Ticket refund requests will be honoured up until event doors o.p.e n at 3:00 p.m. PT. Please reach out to your point of purchase to submit a refund request.”

The fans had vehemently reacted to the situation. They criticized Ramirez, Oscar De Le Hoya, and Golden boy promotions’ course of action.

Here are a few fan reactions mentioned in the comments below:

One fan urged Del Hoya to worry about his promotion and the fighters under him.

@quezada_jesse wrote : “That’s why @OscarDeLaHoya you should worry about your fighters instead of bashing @Canelo @MatchroomBoxing & @EddieHearn! Zurdo is a fucken cruiser the boxing gods saying to you stop the bullshit! Make Zurdo vs Marcus brown Or badou jack!”

Another fan suggested a course of action that would prevent such a mishap.

@mjeter15 wrote: “@FloydMayweather @BobArum Why don’t promoters have fighters hit weight goals periodically leading up to the fight? This should never happen. That way a fighter can be replaced earlier if they are not taking their training seriously. It should be in their contract…”

While another named @Samnacio81: wrote I read overweight by 12 pounds. That’s just disrespectful and embarrassing.”

Another criticized the fighter for not being a professional. @Toros078619 wrote: “What a joke. Zurdo embarrassed himself in the Bivol fight and now this.”

Lastly, @reaIsexyselfies wrote:Thanks for the information! I’ll make sure to get in touch before 3:00 p.m. PT.”


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Indeed, the situation is unfortunate for not just the promotions but also the fans. One can hope that such cancellations of bouts do not take place frequently.


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What do you think could be the possible solution to prevent fighters from missing weight? Do share your opinions below in the comments.



Harddit Bedi

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Harddit Bedi is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He has interned at multiple top sports media outlets and packs a great amount of knowledge regarding the sport. His love for boxing and writing has landed him on his journey at EssentiallySports, where he looks forward to adding value to our boxing coverage.

Edited By: Arijit Saha