Undefeated lightweight Ryan Garcia was supposed to be in action on July 4th but it seems that plans have changed.
The up and coming Lightweight contender Garcia posted Friday evening on his social media that the fight itself may be in jeopardy.
“I don’t know about my fight July 4th guys, won’t happen most likely, and it’s sad bc I want to fight so bad but it just a lot of bulls*** I’m not going to get into right now,” Garcia posted on Twitter on Friday.
I don’t know about my fight July 4th guys, won’t happen most likely and it’s sad bc I want to fight so bad but it just a lot of bulls*** I’m not going to get into right now
— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) June 5, 2020
So what is going on with Garcia to where he isn’t planning on headlining for Golden Boy Promotions first fight card since the Coronavirus shutdown on Independence Day?
Pure speculation, but here are two theories:
The first one is: the talks broke down when it came to the table in terms of money.
This spat wouldn’t have been the 1st time that Garcia had an issue with Golden Boy, in terms of disagreements. Last September, Garcia had a problem with his contract and ripped Golden Boy and it’s founder Oscar De La Hoya publicly before all of that was resolved and he fought last November in stoppage win against Romero Duno.
The July 4th card will be held either in California or Nevada and likely without any fans and therefore, much less revenue for everyone.
This money theory is backed up with the conversation that Golden Boy President Eric Gomez had speaking on the latest edition of The 3 Knockdown Rule Podcast about the lack of revenue during the pandemic.
“It’s going to be tricky. There are certain fighters that are going to accept it. They understand it,” said Gomez on the 3 Knockdown Rule Podcast. whose company hopes to resume operations on July 4. “There are other fighters that are going to reject it.”
Read between the lines as you will on that quote from Gomez on if he’s talking about Garcia.
The second theory is: that he doesn’t want to face the opponent that was slated for him in either Jorge Linares or Hector Tanajara.
If you have followed Linares on social media, he states that Garcia is ducking him and using the reason that the travel restrictions from Japan that he couldn’t fly over. Linares tweeted as much, in response to Garcia about the matchup that was supposed to have happened pre-Covid 19 back in May.
“I am only waiting for this pandemic to finish but trust me I’m getting ready to fight . Or you prefer using the excuse then I’m in Japan and I can’t travel so you don’t have to face a real boxer? Seems like you prefer to fight a nobody, easy win for you,” Linares tweeted in response to Garcia back in May.
I am only waiting for this pandemic to finish but trust me I’m getting ready to fight . Or you prefer using the excuse then I’m in Japan and I can’t travel so you don’t have to face a real boxer ? Seams like you prefer to fight a nobody, easy win for you. https://t.co/pigzMyBgeX
— LINARES (@JorgeLinares) May 18, 2020
Hector Tanajara was another name being floated around as a matchup to take on Garcia July 4th, instead of Linares. All Tanajara is waiting on is for Garcia is to sign the paperwork, which he hasn’t.
Now that you can’t get the easy opponents, you usually get you make some bull*** excuses? I’ve been ready. Sign the contract and let’s go July 4,” Tanajara said via Twitter on Friday.
Now that you can’t get the easy opponents you usually get you make some bullshit excuses? I’ve been ready. Sign the contract and let’s go July 4th #TeamTanajara @GoldenBoyBoxing https://t.co/pcpmRP7BuS
— El Finito (@Hector_Tanajara) June 5, 2020
The pandemic is slowly getting fights getting back in the United States, and we’ll see if Golden Boy makes this fight card announcement with or without Garcia in action coming up on it.