Founder of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya, in an Instagram post, said that “Death Threats” prevented him from attending post-fight press conference.
Monday after a major fight is always an interesting news day, as anything surrounding the event will start circulating. After losing to Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, Ryan Garcia attended the post-fight press conference without his trainer Joe Goossen, Bernard Hopkins, and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya from Golden Boy Promotions. Many had a huge issue with this, and it seemed as if Garcia was left to figure it out with only GBP President Eric Gomez and his family by his side.
On Sunday, Fight Hype’s own Sean Zittel interviewed Hopkins to figure out why he wasn’t there at the post-fight press conference. Hopkins’ response leaned towards the presser becoming more about him and De La Hoya than Garcia so he didn’t attend. His response didn’t feel convincing, leading to even more questions.
Seeing that Hopkins’ response didn’t bode well with the public, De La Hoya hopped on Instagram a little while ago to give his side of the story for his no-show at the press conference. De La Hoya started by complimenting Davis and then said, “Ryan Garcia, We are proud of you. The world is proud of you. You made this fight happen. You wanted this fight, and I’m sure a lot of fighters will learn from you that you’re daring to be great. But I do want to clarify why Bernard Hopkins and I weren’t at the post-fight press conference. First of all, Bernard Hopkins was accused during the weigh-in of having testosterone cream on his hands and touching Gervonta Davis when he only wanted to help him because he was going to fall off the stage. PBC, Gervonta’s Promoter, banned him from everything. He couldn’t get inside the ring. He couldn’t do anything during the promotion.”
De La Hoya continued, “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. This is all coming from all of these PBC minions that are just attacking Ryan and attacking Golden Boy, but it’s all good. Ryan Garcia made this happen. Tank made this happen, and we had a great fight. The best man won. My hats off to you.”
Well, there you have it, a response from De La Hoya. One that could have been given yesterday but allowed the situation to boil even more before answering for his obvious absence from the post-fight press conference.