In a surprising move, lightweight contender Ryan Garcia has severed ties with Canelo Alvarez trainer and manager Eddy Reynoso.
Garcia is training for a comeback from mental issues in April. Now, he has decided to hook up with Joe Goossen instead.
The pair had previously would together when Garcia was a prospect.
Ahead of facing Emmanuel Tagoe this spring, Garcia made a stunning change to his staff that captured the attention of his fans.
“I’m excited to announce that I will now be working with Hall of Fame trainer Joe Goossen, in addition to my father, Henry Garcia,” said Garcia.
“Joe’s legendary career spans several decades working with championship fighters. I worked with Joe when I was growing up.
“The two of us have maintained a great relationship over the years.
“I can’t wait to pick back up where we left off and to continue this journey together.
“I’ll now be working out of my own gym, Fierce King, in San Diego. My goal remains the same, to become a world champion.
“I would like to thank Eddy Reynoso for everything. Eddy has been in my corner since 2018. I’ve learned a lot from him, both inside and outside the ring.
“We built an incredible friendship that I’ll always cherish. On behalf of my whole team, I wish Eddy continued success in his amazing career.”
Leaving the number one stable in boxing represents a considerable shift for Garcia, who got tipped to leave Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya for Reynoso last year.
That didn’t happen and now has gone in the opposite direction.
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Garcia is potentially only one win away from a world title. To make that kind of decision at this stage waves a red flag regarding his decision-making process.
Reynoso is the 2021 WBN Trainer of the Year after guiding Canelo to undisputed status. He’s a boxing man on the verge of becoming the best coach in the world.
However, Garcia is now with Goossen, and the proof will be in the pudding.
Suppose he underperforms in a fight where eyes were already on him due to his reasons for pulling out of the Javier Fortuna headliner. In that case, Goossen will be under severe scrutiny immediately.
That’s what they call a no-win situation.
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