Even before making his much awaited comeback to the squared circle, Ryan Garcia drew attention from the boxing fandom after the sudden and unprecedented move of parting ways with Eddy Reynoso- the famed boxing coach and Garcia’s longtime trainer and replaced him with Hall Of Famer Joe Goossen. About a week later, the former WBC interim lightweight champion has opened up on the split with Reynoso, stating that he needs a trainer who will work with him 100% of the time.
Since defeating Luke Campbell on 2nd January last year, Ryan Garcia has been unable to return to the ring twice this year, first pulling out against Javier Fortuna due to mental health issues in April, followed by suffering a hand injury which cancelled the JoJo Diaz fight in November.
In the wake of marking his twelve months of hiatus away from the squared circle, “King Ryan” was confirmed to be making his return against former IBO lightweight champion Emmanuel Tagoe on 9th April at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Ahead of the fight, the 23-year-old decided to switch his former trainer Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Alvarez, with renowned coach and boxing Hall of Famer Joe Goossen, who will also team up with Garcia’s father, Henry Garcia.
Speaking to ESNews about his split with Reynoso, Garcia said while there is no doubt about the credibility of the Mexican maestro, having such a huge roster under him meant that Reynoso wasn’t able to invest all of his time with Garcia and he was seeking for a trainer who would be sticking with him all the time.
“Eddy didn’t have the time to work 100%. He’s a very busy trainer, and I understand,” said Garcia, “Sometimes you have to make your change for the better. It’s nothing against him. He’s a good trainer. I won five fights with him by knockout, so there’s nothing wrong. I’m going to another level, and I need a full-on, 100% [trainer]. It was never bad blood. It was about dedication and time, you know?”
He is a very dedicated trainer 24/7: Ryan Garcia details his first week under Joe Goossen
After parting ways with Reynoso, Garcia found the trainer he needed in Joe Goossen. A 2005 inductee into the California Boxing Hall of Fame, Goossen has trained some of the best names in boxing, including Gabriel Ruelas and Rafael Ruelas, the Mexican boxing siblings to world championships.
“It’s amazing,” Garcia detailed his first week under the mentorship of Goossen, “Joe is a very dedicated trainer 24/7, watching all my mistakes if I make any and correcting them. He’s on top of them at all times. He doesn’t just see my talent because a lot of people would be just like, ‘damn, he’s so quick, he’s so fast.’ But Joe, he has it down to what I need to work on. I’m always open-eared and here to listen.”
“You know me. I’m dedicated and always ready to go. I train from pretty much from six o’clock [a.m.] to nine o’clock at night every day. It’s more than a nine to five. It’s six to nine,” added Garcia. [H/T Boxingscene.com]
- Ryan Garcia states the reason he split up with Eddy Reynoso because he wanted someone to give him 100% of the time
- Garcia adds that his new trainer Joe Goossen is very dedicated and gives 24/7 of his time to him