Garcia vs. Matthysse media tour cancelled – again
By Dan Ambrose: The three-city media tour to hype the September 14th fight between WBC light welterweight interim champion Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) and WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KO’s) has been cancelled, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Garcia-Matthysse is the co-feature bout on the mega pay per view fight card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Garica and Matthysse were originally supposed to take part in a three-city media tour earlier in traveling to New York, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, but Matthysse didn’t want to take time away from his training in Argentina to come over to the U.S. to take part in the tour.
It was later agreed that Matthysse would come over 3 weeks before the fight and tour. But unfortunately the tour cities were changed with Garcia’s home city of Philadelphia being inserted into the 3 city tour in place of Puerto Rico.
Matthysse was up for traveling to Los Angeles and New York, but he didn’t want to travel to Philadelphia. Garcia also didn’t want to fly across the country to take part in a media tour in Los Angeles, so Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer scrapped the whole idea.
Schaefer said to Rafael at ESPN “Matthysse was OK with going to New York and Los Angeles, but he didn’t want to go to Philadelphia…but Garcia said ‘If [Matthysse] is not going to go to Philadelphia, I don’t want to go to Los Angeles and disrupt my camp with a trip across the country.’ So at the end of the day, I said forget this. I’m very busy.”
It’s too bad that Matthysse and Garcia couldn’t have even a small 2-city tour to further hype their fight. But it probably doesn’t matter a whole lot because the entire boxing world in the U.S will be watching the Mayweather-Canelo fight card anyway, and a 3-city tour with Garcia and Matthysse would be just overkill.