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Ryan Garcia signs “lucrative” deal with Golden Boy, faces Romero Duno in Canelo-Kovalev co-feature

Garcia had been publicly feuding with Oscar de la Hoya and GBP over social media

Ryan Garcia v Jose Lopez Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

After a lengthy spat, all seems to be forgiven between Ryan Garcia and Golden Boy Promotions. The pair have extended “Kingry’s” multi-year agreement in what Garcia and GBP describe as “one of the most lucrative deals in history for a boxing prospect.”

Said deal kicks off on November 2nd, when Garcia takes on Romero Duno in the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev co-feature.

Despite reportedly infuriating Garcia (18-0, 15 KO) by naming Vergil Ortiz Jr. as GBP’s top young fighter, Oscar De La Hoya had nothing but praise for the 21-year-old,

“One of our defining features as a company is to develop champions and make them into stars,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “From the second we discovered Garcia, we knew he was different. We knew he was special. We knew he could move the needle. Besides his amazing talent, he brings an outside appeal that few fighters can achieve. At the same time, he also needs the right environment to develop, and that environment is with us. Under our guidance, I have no doubt that this young, charismatic fighter will become the biggest star in the sport.”

For his part, Garcia is happy to let bygones be bygones.

“Actions speak louder than words,” said Ryan Garcia. “I’m here today to show everybody that I consider Golden Boy my family and that we’re going to be in this together as I fulfill my dreams. Just like I have all the capabilities to become a big star, Golden Boy has all the tools to get me there. But I just want to tell all of our fans: Enjoy the ride!”

Garcia was originally in discussions to face the power-punching Duno (21-1, 16 KO) on September 14th, but instead elected to face Avery Sparrow, who wound up getting arrested just before the weigh-ins. Garcia claims that he attempted to make a last-minute deal with Duno, who was booked against Ivan Delgado on the undercard, but that their respective sides couldn’t come to terms. Duno went on to stop Delgado after seven.

Whatever the case, it doesn’t look like Golden Boy is hopping off the “Kingry” train anytime soon.

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