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Ryan Garcia To Golden Boy Promotions: If You Don't Think I'm Real Deal, Release Me

Ryan Garcia is at odds with Golden Boy Promotions yet again.

The popular, unbeaten lightweight contender can’t help but wonder whether his promoters have the same confidence in him as Garcia has in himself. Garcia reportedly wants to fight Luke Campbell next for the WBC’s interim 135-pound championship, but he also has the option of facing Emmanuel Tagoe in a WBO eliminator.

The 21-year-old Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) is frustrated because Oscar De La Hoya and other decision-makers for Golden Boy Promotions have proposed lesser fights to him recently in which Garcia has no interest in participating.

“If they don’t think I’m the next world champ, if they don’t think I’m the next big fighter in the world, prove it – let me go,” Garcia told The Athletic for a story posted to its website Thursday. “Just free release right now and let me be. Why do you want to hold back somebody who’s not going to be shi*t?

“Don’t hold me back; release me. … If you don’t think I’m the real deal, because you’re insinuating that I’m not really the real deal and I’m not on that level yet, release me and I’ll prove it to you.”


Garcia first expressed displeasure with his promoter last year, when he publicly complained about the purses he was offered for fights he felt were worth more based on his marketability. De La Hoya and Garcia repaired their relationship, but there apparently is tension again.

Garcia also made it clear in his interview with The Athletic that he wants to be paid appropriately if his next fight comes against England’s Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) or Ghana’s Tagoe (31-1, 15 KOs).

Garcia had hoped to fight former three-division champion Jorge Linares in his next fight. Golden Boy had preliminary plans to stage Garcia-Linares on July 11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, but the COVID-19 pandemic made that impossible because Venezuela’s Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) couldn’t prepare properly in Japan, where he resides.

Golden Boy instead proposed lower-level fights against Mercito Gesta (32-3-3, 17 KOs) or Hector Tanajara (19-0, 5 KOs) for July 24, but Garcia passed on facing either opponent.

“Knock out Mercito Gesta, knock out Hector Tanajara in one or two rounds?,” Garcia asked. “What is that going to do? Nobody cares. I’m looking out for myself. At the end of the day, boxing is a one-man sport.” 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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Comment by TheFrog on 07-15-2020

[QUOTE=Luilun;20657964]Just having fun at least you have a sense of humor most clowns on this site cry like little girls than put the ban[/QUOTE] Haha good form sir! No need to ban! People probably should stay off of forums if…

Comment by Luilun on 07-15-2020

[QUOTE=TheFrog;20657863]Lol that's what I thought. Great comeback haha[/QUOTE] Just having fun at least you have a sense of humor most clowns on this site cry like little girls than put the ban

Comment by TheFrog on 07-14-2020

[QUOTE=Luilun;20652016]To complex for you[/QUOTE] Lol that's what I thought. Great comeback haha

Comment by Mickey Pearson on 07-11-2020

I wouldn't hold back laughing if I seen Garcia get kod after all the hype

Comment by MulaKO on 07-11-2020

[QUOTE=Dasmius Shinobi;20651690]Ryan Garcia is acting like a spoil brat, he need to see the bigger pictures. He need to understand the side business game or he going to dig his own hole. Saul Canelo is going to fight with his…

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