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Eddie Hearn to Oscar De La Hoya: “Golden Boy only take fights they believe Ryan Garcia can win”

Oscar De La Hoya and Ryan Garcia with Bernard Hopkins in the background

Promoter Eddie Hearn says he would happily make a fight between WBC junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis 29-1 (24) and recently defeated Ryan Garcia from the Golden Boy Promotions stable.

Southpaw Prograis, 34, was far from his explosive self in his slow-paced 12-round split decision victory over the defensive-minded Danielito Zorrilla 17-2 (13) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday night. Apart from a third-round knockdown by Prograis, the bout was largely uneventful.

Ryan Garcia 23-1 (19) has been embroiled in a Twitter war with promoter Oscar De La Hoya that has led to both parties launching legal action against each other.

It comes after the 24-year-old Garcia’s seventh-round knockout loss to southpaw Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 29-0 (27) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 22 in a 136-pound catchweight bout.

Prior to the loss Davis, Garcia stepped up to the junior welterweight division after declaring he could no longer make the lightweight limit of 135-pounds.

Hearn insists he has not interfered with Garcia’s contract with Golden Boy Promotions, but simply wants to make the fight with Prograis.

“You’ve got Ryan Garcia if he wants to fight for the world title – we can walk straight into that fight next,” the Matchroom Boxing boss told FightHubTV.

“Fuck Oscar. The reality is, Oscar probably thinks I’m talking to Ryan Garcia. I’ve never had one conversation with Ryan Garcia. Never spoke to [Garcia manager and adviser] Lupe [Valencia]. I would not have those conversations while he was on the contract.

“Someone asked me my opinion about [De La Hoya] publicly having spats with [Garcia] on social media, which I thought was bizarre. Oscar can do his own thing. It doesn’t really bother me.

“The reality is, [Golden Boy] will only take fights they believe [Garcia] can win. They don’t think they can beat Regis Prograis because if they did, they’d be in touch and we’d make that fight next.

“We’re both on the same platform [DAZN], so it’s easy. They’ve never mentioned Regis Prograis. Why? Because they think it’s a tough fight, and that’s what happens in boxing.

“They like the Rolly Romero fight. Why? Because they think they can beat Rolly Romero, but they don’t think they can beat Regis Prograis, and if they do, please call me and we’ll make that fight next… There are loads of fights for Regis Prograis out there.”

Prograis and Zorrilla combined to set the dubious record of the fewest punches landed in a title fight since CompuBox first started compiling statistics in 1985. The total was 84 and neither boxers landed in double figures in any round.

“I definitely felt like I won it. I didn’t see how they scored it for him, but I mean, whatever,” Prograis said in his post-fight interview. “I don’t think it was close, but I know my performance definitely wasn’t good.

“Sometimes you overlook things. I have so many opportunities for such crazy money. Sometimes you look past these opponents. Maybe I did too. I was looking past. I guess I was looking past Zorrilla.”