Rising lightweight star Ryan Garcia announces split from trainer planning to move up in weight following Gervonta Davis defeat

Ryan Garcia is preparing for his upcoming fight and has made a significant change. The former WBC interim lightweight champion recently returned to the ring on Showtime pay-per-view, where he faced his longtime rival Gervonta Davis. Davis had previously scored a knockout victory over Hector Luis Garcia in January.

After years of anticipation, the much-awaited clash finally happened and exceeded expectations in terms of pay-per-view success. According to reports, the event garnered more than 1.2 million buys and ranked among the top five highest-earning gates in the history of Las Vegas.

However, the night belonged to ‘Tank’ as he emerged victorious in the main event.

Davis dominated the fight, scoring a decisive knockout over Ryan. The WBA (Regular) lightweight champion finished his opponent with a body shot in the seventh round after securing an early second-round knockout. It was an impressive win for Davis.

After the highly-anticipated clash with Davis, Garcia appears to have made a significant change in his career. ESPN Ringside’s Mike Coppinger reported that the former lightweight titleholder had parted ways with his trainer, Joe Goossen, in the aftermath of the Davis defeat.

Garcia joined forces with Goossen in 2020 after leaving the tutelage of renowned coach Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Alvarez.

Ryan Garcia

The young fighter had hoped to make a fresh start under Goossen’s guidance. But the split indicates that Ryan is searching for a new direction in his career.

The decision to leave his trainer could be a crucial one for Garcia as he looks to rebuild his momentum and get back on the winning track.

What’s next for Ryan Garcia?

Ryan is set to make some significant changes for his upcoming fight, including a new trainer and a shift in the weight class. As he approaches his mid-twenties, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for ‘KingRy’ to maintain his previous weight class, where he was known for his size and strength.

Gervonta Davis drops Ryan Garcia

While it may have been a manageable weight cut during his teenage years, the physical demands of the sport and his body’s changes have made it more difficult to maintain the lightweight category.

As a result, Garcia will move up to a new weight class, likely with the guidance of his new trainer. To maximize his potential and ensure his health and safety inside the ring.

The changes signify a new chapter in Garcia’s career and a commitment to improving and evolving as a fighter.

Last July, the previous titleholder had gone up in weight class to battle Emmanuel Tagoe. But he opted to drop back down to face ‘Tank’ last month.

Ryan Garcia suffers a knockdown

Despite the defeat, Ryan expressed his desire to move to the 140-pound category. Unlike other boxers who might hesitate to make drastic changes, ‘KingRy’ appears eager for the shift to super lightweight and has parted ways with his trainer Joe Goossen.

The upcoming year holds intrigue for the former champion, given all the recent changes in his career. It remains to be seen how the future will unfold for this rising star in the super lightweight division.

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