Ryan Garcia, the talented young boxer with a penchant for the spotlight, declared a sudden change in his plans when it comes to his career. Garcia who is fighting On December 2, against Oscar Duarte on DAZN, with the press conference taking place this coming Wednesday in Texas, will see the bout potentially open the door for him to face the WBO junior welterweight world champion Teofimo Lopez at the Sphere in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Yet, Garcia took to social media last week to speak about the 'disrespect' he has been feeling when it comes to how he is spoken about in the sport of boxing.
Tired of disrespect. I’m fed up, and I’ve been at 50% for so long it will be different. I promise that to myself,” posted Garcia on social media.
Garcia took time to make an announcement that shocked many as he declared world championship ambitions, or fame, money, and glory. Prior, Garcia seemed to be all-in on the prizefighting component sans the achievement element. He has built a huge following on social media, bigger than some Fortune 500 companies, and has made a lot of money fights, but hasn't even fought for a world title yet in his career.
This post seemed to speak to the fact that he wants that to change.
“I don’t care about anything but becoming a champion. My eyes used to care about social media and what that did for my career. Now, I don’t care. I’m ready to win,” furthered the boxing superstar who did a record pay-per-view number when he fought Gervonta Davis earlier this year.
Even though Garcia has stated this it doesn't stop the questions. Formidable underrated fighters such as Gary Antuanne Russell, Teofimo Lopez, Arnold Barboza Jr., and Regis Prograis all exist there, not to mention Devin Haney. Garcia also has a huge fight with Rolando "Rolly" Romero, who holds a form of a world title, but it appears Romero is having a lot of injuries as of late that might stagnate his career.
The 25-year-old boxer pocketed a $20 million paycheck earlier this year. Now comes the trial by keyboard as Garcia has obtained wealth and fame, but can he win over the hardcore fight fans who have been skeptical of his presence in boxing all along?
Garcia is an active social media user, who has made some information public in the past via social media. One concern is that Garcia might be looking to run his own camp, because he has gone from Eddy Reynoso to Joe Goosen, and now will be training with Derrick James for his first bout in December. One has to wonder his mindset as his team seems to be evolving and/or changing very often.