Fans were surprised when Oscar De La Hoya, the retired boxing legend turned promoter, recently posted a video of himself shadow boxing and showing off an extremely ripped physique.
Many fans have accused him of getting liposuction or other cosmetic surgery to achieve this look, which has sparked a lot of conversation and speculation.
Ryan Garcia, who is promoted by De La Hoya, was asked about the rumours by Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour and Garcia couldn’t contain his amusement:
“I guess he did.
When I saw that I was like ‘oh s**t he hit the gym crazy.’
I think it’s called ab sketching, or etching.”
Garcia can expect to be firmly in the spotlight soon as he has a super-fight against Gervonta Davis penciled in for this April. Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn, although not involved directly in the fight called it the ‘biggest in boxing’ right now.
The fight is expected to take place at a catchweight of 136lb, which shouldn’t cause any issues for Garcia who claims to walk around at 150lbs.
‘Tank’ Davis put in another spectacular display again Hector Luis Garcia last weekend in Washington, making his opponent quit between rounds after a barrage of big punches.
Although Garcia and Davis are signed to different promotional outfits and broadcasting partners, the clash is expected to be available on both Showtime and DAZN in the US. This will no doubt bring encouragement to boxing fans that more cross-promotional fights can happen in 2023, something that has proved a major hurdle for big fights in recent years.