It looks like Ryan Garcia is heading into his comeback fight on April 9 with a clean slate. It was announced via a statement that Garcia will leave Eddy Reynoso. He will now work with Joe Goossen.
The move comes just weeks before Garcia takes on Emmanuel Tagoe inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
“I am thrilled to announce that I will now be working with Hall of Fame Coach Joe Goossen, in addition to my father, Henry Garcia,” Garcia said in a statement. “Joe’s legendary career spans decades with championship fighters. I worked with Joe when I was growing up, and we’ve maintained a great relationship over the years. I look forward to picking up where we left off. we were stopped and to continue this journey together. I will now work out of my own gym, Fierce King, in San Diego – and my goal remains the same: to become a world champion.”
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Based in Southern California, Goossen is known for working with Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, as well as Diego Corrales. The well-dressed trainer is known to work a lot of reps and drills into his training. Although different from Reynoso, Goossen still maintains a strict approach when it comes to his fighters. His resume and pedigree appear to be good enough for Garcia.
Garcia made his professional debut in 2016. In November 2019 and February 2020, Garcia defeated Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca after two brutal knockouts to win and retain the WBC lightweight title. He passed his first major test in January 2021 when he defeated Luke Campbell via TKO to win the WBC interim lightweight title. It was at a time when Reynoso was in his corner.
Since then, Garcia has taken a break from boxing. In April 2021, he was supposed to fight Javier Fortuna but backed out to focus on his sanity. Scheduled to return last November, Garcia would undergo surgery on his hand. Garcia’s father spoke to Boxing Scene about the move, saying the decision was a result of Garcia wanting to be his own man while still having the ability to train around his schedule, not other people’s.
“Ryan decided it was time for him to have his own gym, where he’s not confined to a certain time and day. It’s like, ‘hey, we have a fight at come’ you know. He wanted to build his own brand and make it bigger,” Henry Garcia said. “I think it’s time. It’s like when you have an apartment – you’re tired of renting and you want your own accommodation. It’s almost like that.
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Reynoso has worked with the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Andy Ruiz Jr. The move came at a time when Canelo and Reynoso questioned Garcia’s commitment to coaching. At one point, Canelo said Garcia was wasting time on his talent without giving his team 100%. Garcia recently spoke positively about working with Reynoso and Canelo, which many thought was a sign that all was well between the group.
The hope is that a change of direction for Garcia will result in the same result of his last fights. He wants to compete for gold, calling out the likes of Gervonta Davis via social media.
Tagoe made his professional debut in 2004. After losing his first fight, Tagoe won 32 in a row. A former IBO lightweight champion, Tagoe defended the title once. His last fight was in November 2020, beating Mason Menard by majority decision.