Oscar De La Hoya shockingly cites “death threats” as reason for skipping Ryan Garcia post-fight press conference

Oscar De La Hoya disclosed that he had been receiving death threats throughout the week leading up to the Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis vs. Ryan Garcia fight. Which was the reason behind his absence from the post-fight press conference last Saturday.

The day following a significant boxing event typically brings a slew of news, and this was no exception for Ryan after his loss to ‘Tank’ Davis.

Ryan Garcia suffers a knockdown

During the post-fight press conference, Garcia was without his trainer Joe Goossen, Bernard Hopkins, and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya from Golden Boy Promotions, which sparked criticism.

With only GBP President Eric Gomez and his family present, Garcia appeared to be left to handle the aftermath alone. On Sunday, Sean Zittel from Fight Hype interviewed Hopkins to inquire why he was absent from the press conference.

Hopkins’ response suggested that the focus had shifted from Garcia to De La Hoya and himself, so he chose not to attend. However, his explanation was not very convincing, leaving more questions unanswered.

Oscar talks about being absent from Ryan Garcia vs Gervonta Davis

Fans have expressed significant outrage towards Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins for not supporting Ryan after his knockout loss to Gervonta Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) in the seventh round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

De La Hoya cited receiving death threats as the reason for leaving and it’s uncertain if he even attended the fight.

De La Hoya said, “As for myself, my security told me, ‘Boss, we gotta get the fuck out of here’ because I received death threats. You guys don’t know is that I received death threats throughout the whole week, and they simply said it was too dangerous, so we got out of there. And plus, Eric Gomez, who is my President, who was right there, front and center, with Ryan Garcia, so there was no issues, no problems.”

So, there we have it – a response from De La Hoya that could have been provided earlier but was delayed. Resulting in further escalation of the situation regarding his absence from the post-fight press conference.

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Sami Haider

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