Ryan Garcia's promoter Oscar De La Hoya claims he had a valid excuse for skipping the post-fight press conference between Davis and Garcia.
The post-fight press conference for this past Saturday's fight, in which Davis knocked out Garcia in the seventh round, was held on the floor of the T-Mobile Arena, was missed by De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, due to "death threats" he received throughout fight week in Las Vegas.
Bernard Hopkins, a legendary boxer and a partner of Golden Boy Promotions, was allegedly involved in foul play at the Davis vs. Garcia weigh-ins, according to De La Hoya, who also claimed that Hopkins was barred from the event.
In a video uploaded to Oscar's social media, he explained his absence from the press conference by saying:
“And so, as for myself, my security team told me, ‘Boss, we’ve got to get the fuck out of here,’ because I received death threats. You guys don’t know this, I received death threats throughout the whole week, and they just said it was simply 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 issue, no problems. This is all coming from all these PBC minions that are just attacking Ryan, attacking Golden Boy. But it’s all good, it’s all good.
Garcia, 24, suffered the first loss of his professional career at the hands of Davis after sustaining a devastating punch to the liver midway through the seventh round.
Davis, 28, proclaimed himself to be “the face of boxing” following the highlight-reel finish, which moved his professional record to 29-0 with 27 knockouts.