Oscar De La Hoya has disclosed the reason behind his absence from the Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia post-fight press conference. De La Hoya, who serves as the CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions, revealed that he was threatened with death throughout the fight week preceding the event. He pointed out that those threats forced him to skip the press conference held on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena, which was where Davis won by a seventh-round knockout over Garcia.
De La Hoya also mentioned that Bernard Hopkins, who is a Golden Boy Promotions partner, was absent as well. Hopkins was barred from attending the event due to allegations of foul play at the weigh-ins for the Davis vs. Garcia fight, according to De La Hoya’s statement.
De La Hoya added that despite the challenges, he was proud of Garcia for daring to be great and making the fight happen. He also congratulated Davis for winning and commended him for a flawless game plan, as well as for landing a beautiful body shot on Garcia.
De La Hoya stated that both Garcia and Davis could teach other fighters a valuable lesson that hearkened to their daring to be great during the fight. The threats were the impetus behind De La Hoya’s security team requesting that they leave the event. Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy, remained here, right within view beside Ryan Garcia, and there wasn’t any issue or problem, he confirmed.
After suffering a devastating punch to the liver in the seventh round, Garcia, aged 24, lost to Davis for the first time during his professional career. Following the remarkable finish, which brought his professional record to 29-0, with 27 knockouts, Davis declared himself to be “the face of boxing.”
De La Hoya guaranteed Garcia that he, Hopkins, and Golden Boy were all behind him 1,000 percent and that he would come back stronger and better than ever. De La Hoya reiterated that Garcia and Davis had put up a great fight, and the superior fighter won.