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De La Hoya Worried For Ryan Garcia in Test With Jorge Linares

Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar De La Hoya is tasked with developing and guiding the career for one the fastest rising stars in the sport in Ryan Garcia.

Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) is coming off back-to-back first-round knockouts of respectable contenders, and De La Hoya believes the sky's the limit for the 21-year-old.

De La Hoya and company are considering matching Garcia next with three-division world champion Jorge Linares.

The potential matchup is giving the Hall of Famer some anxiety.

“I saw Linares train the other day, he sent the video over, and he looks like a machine,” De La Hoya told Ring Magazine. “He looks incredible. So when I look at a fight between Ryan and Linares, it’s a fight that worries me. Should I put Ryan in with Linares just now or should I throw him in with the lions? … We have to do our job as promoters and make sure we match him up perfectly with guys like Linares with guys that are going to take him to the next level. and can possibly even beat him.”

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Garcia and Linares have been jawing at each other on social media for months, and a meeting in the ring only feels like a matter of time.

Golden Boy had plans to stage a show between Garcia and Linares at the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the Covid-19 global pandemic. The company also attempted to showcase Garcia in its first show back on July 4, but that honor is instead going to Vergil Ortiz Jr. instead on July 24.

“Due to Team @KingRyanG decision not to accept a July 4th bout, we will now return in late July with the future of boxing, @vergilortiz,” De La Hoya tweeted earlier this month. “[M]ore exciting details to follow @GoldenBoyBoxing.”

"You do realize you’re supposed to be my promoter not hater right?" Garcia replied in a since-deleted tweet.

De La Hoya has now clarified his stance.

“We couldn’t come to terms. I’m sure his advice was obviously not a good one. It would have been a wonderful event. I was really, really looking forward to it. We’ll see when he fights again. We just don’t know at this point,” said De La Hoya. “We signed the richest deal for any type of prospect, ever, in boxing. His lawyer, Lupe [Valencia], made this deal happen, and now Lupe is not satisfied with what they negotiated? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

“Unfortunately, fighters in this game get a lot of bad advice. That’s the bottom line. Or maybe they just have a different agenda. Rumors are starting to circulate about certain people trying to take fighters away from us, which is fine, because ultimately we’re protected with contracts, so there’s no issue there. But when you have a top, top prospect like a Ryan Garcia, everyone and their mother’s going to try to take him away, because he does move the meter. But therefore we pay him accordingly."

Garcia has been calling out every name at 135 hoping one of them sticks and he can be presented a serious threat, all while being paid handsomely for it.

De La Hoya has been the subject of Garcia’s social media jabs several times in the past, and he ultimately prefers it when Garcia directs his scorn at opponents instead.

“[Garcia and Linares] are going back and forth on Twitter and Instagram, and it’s actually building up the fight,” said De La Hoya. “Once we do put that fight together, it’s going to be one of those fights that you don’t want to miss. That’s what I’m talking about with Ryan. He’s so popular. We don’t know how great he can be in the ring yet.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by mr.neezie on 06-29-2020

Sure on some level Oscar is comparing this kid to himself, but it benefits Golden Boy to make him a true star, so doubtful any "hating" is applicable here. Instagram followers do not equal success. This kid has some talent,…

Comment by Monzon99 on 06-29-2020

Truth Bomb: Oscar has it already rigged for Garcia, Garcia has been designated to be a future franchise. In today's American boxing stage, designated future franchises never lose. Linares is getting a payday and bonus to play the patsy role.

Comment by champion4ever on 06-29-2020

[QUOTE=theface07;20633868]Are you for real? Linares may be past his prime but he's no bum and his experience and skill level makes him a great opponent for Garcia at this point in his career. Just because Garcia has knocked over a…

Comment by IceTrayDaGang on 06-29-2020

throw him in with the lions since he is asking for it... then watch him lose and cry about bad promoting from oscar for rushing him lol..

Comment by theface07 on 06-29-2020

[QUOTE=PeasantCrusha;20632591]Oscar is a hater. He hates that Ryan IS the actual "golden boy.." No coke habits, no dil dos and no MF fishnets. Ryan is a daily reminder of what Oscar tried to be...a "golden boy." That said, Ryan is…

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