Ryan Garcia has decided to split from his trainer Joe Goossen after three fights together, sources told ESPN and Mike Coppinger. The last fight they worked on was the pay-per-view showdown against Gervonta Davis on April 22, which Garcia lost by knockout in the 11th round.
Garcia (21-1, 18 KOs) had joined forces with Goossen in 2020, after leaving his previous trainer Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Alvarez. Garcia said he wanted to “come into my own” and learn from Goossen’s experience. Under Goossen’s guidance, Garcia won the interim WBC lightweight title by knocking out Luke Campbell in January 2021.
The relationship between Garcia and Goossen apparently soured after the Davis fight, which was a huge commercial success but a disappointing result for Garcia. Garcia was knocked down twice by Davis and failed to capitalize on his speed and reach advantages. Some observers criticized Goossen’s corner work and instructions during the fight.
Garcia has not yet announced who his next trainer will be.
Whoever Garcia’s new trainer will be, Garcia will remain one of the most sought-after and influential fighters in the sport, with a massive following on social media. He has stated his eagerness to get back to the ring as soon as possible.