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Oscar De La Hoya Sets Contract Deadline for Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia Fight

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 15, 2023

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2017 file photo, Oscar de la Hoya speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. De La Hoya denies accusations of sexual assault contained in a lawsuit filed against him this week. The boxing promoter's company, Golden Boy Promotions, issued a statement Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, describing the action as a "frivolous lawsuit" and calling the allegations "completely false." (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
AP Photo/John Locher, File

Golden Boy Promotions owner and CEO Oscar De La Hoya set a Monday deadline for contract negotiations between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia in a tweet on Sunday.

He then took a shot at Premier Boxing Champions:

Oscar De La Hoya @OscarDeLaHoya

<a href="https://twitter.com/PBConFOX?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PBConFOX</a> fighters who are under a spell must realize they have no legacy, you are just a tool and will never be a legend. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sorry?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sorry</a>

It appeared back in November that a deal between Davis and Garcia was finalized and ready to go:

RYAN GARCIA @RyanGarcia

I'm so pumped this fight is finally in place — I want it more than anything right now. I've put in the work, I'm at the prime of my career, and I know I'm going to be the biggest boxer in the world. That legacy starts today🥊 <a href="https://t.co/6Hv5y3hwMY">pic.twitter.com/6Hv5y3hwMY</a>

Stephen Espinoza @StephenEspinoza

Done deal. It's on. <br><br>All credit to Tank and Ryan. Lots of obstacles along the way, but they both stayed the course to give the fans the fight they want. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DavisGarcia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DavisGarcia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TankRyan?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TankRyan</a> <a href="https://t.co/nOge6tHJxF">pic.twitter.com/nOge6tHJxF</a>

Davis also said after a Jan. 7 victory over Héctor García that he was ready to face Ryan Garcia.

"God willing, I'm ready for the fight," he said. "It's scheduled for April. He's been training; he's been talking."

Garcia seemed just as willing:

RYAN GARCIA @RyanGarcia

No more talking let's get it on <br><br>APRIL 15th

The belief has been that the two fighters would face off on April 15 in Las Vegas, in what would be a highly anticipated lightweight clash.

Davis, 28, is a perfect 28-0 in his professional boxing career and currently holds the WBA lightweight title. The 24-year-old Garcia is equally perfect, going 23-0 in his career.

One additional factor is that Davis has a court date in February for an alleged hit-and-run dating back to Nov. 2020. He was accused of fleeing the scene and is facing 14 charges, per ESPN's Mike Coppinger, which include failure to immediately return and remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury.

Davis also was arrested in December and charged with battery domestic violence after allegedly slapping a woman with a closed hand.

The woman in question has since said the boxer "did not harm me or our daughter" and that she "made an unnecessary call to law enforcement in an intense moment while I was frantic," saying her relationship with Davis was in a fragile state and both parties were responsible for the argument.

Garcia spoke about Davis' legal situations during an appearance on The MMA Hour last week (h/t Boxing Scene):

"That is definitely a concern. I don't know his temperament. I think he might have anger problems, but you know what, in that situation, I'm not going to really speak on that, because I don't know what's going in his personal life with him and his girl. I don't know what they do. I don't think it's right to hit anybody, a female, but I don't want to speak on it too much because I don't know the full details."

It all has added another layer of uncertainty to the potential bout, with De La Hoya's tweet on Sunday only further casting the fight in doubt.