Rolly Blasts Ryan Garcia & Golden Boy: “I Don’t Need Them”

By Dan Ambrose - 02/12/2024 - Comments

Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero took aim at Ryan Garcia, Golden Boy Promotions, and DAZN, saying he doesn’t need them after walking away from a headline clash to take an undercard assignment against Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz on March 30th on Amazon Prime PPV.

One gets the sense that Rolly is already second-guessing his decision to take the lesser fight against Pitbull Cruz (25-2-1, 17 KOs), who oddsmakers have installed as the favorite to end Romero’s short reign as the WBA light welterweight champion.

The attention Rolly will get fighting Pitbull Cruz is nothing compared to what he would have received if he’d fought Ryan Garcia in a headliner. Of course, some would say that Rolly isn’t a deep-thinker and wouldn’t realize the foolish decision he made going in the direction of Pitbull.

Despite being the one who walked away from negotiations, Rolly (15-1, 13 KOs) seems bitter over the experience. With the bad-mouthing that Rolly is doing, he could be burning his bridges and be sorry for it later if his career nosedives.

Romero Claims Golden Boy Needed Him

“When I said I was fighting Pitbull, I got calls from everybody at Golden Boy, begging me to fight them [Ryan Garcia]. So, let’s see who needed who in reality. I don’t need them,” said Rolly Romero to Fight Hub TV, saying he doesn’t need Golden Boy or a fight with Ryan Garcia, as he’s chosen Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz to face on March 30th in an undercard slot on Amazon Prime PPV.

Golden Boy wanted to make the fight with Rolly, as they saw that as a great opportunity for Ryan to pick up an easy belt against the weakest link.

“Ryan Garcia made the most money with Al Haymon [fighting Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, the biggest name in the PBC platform]; he took a massive, massive pay cut. So, Al Haymon is where all the money is at.

The Bitter Sound of Loyalty

“Why am I going to go fight on a platform [DAZN] when I can grow Amazon Prime, which is already the biggest platform in boxing history? You’re going to tell me I made the wrong decision? No, I’m over here. Al [Hamon] made me a beautiful offer.

“They [Ryan Garcia] can go fight on on their network [DAZN] doing 20K PPV buys. Al Haymon gave me a better deal. Al Haymon takes care of his fighters,” said a bitter-sounding Rolly.

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