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Ryan Garcia: Eddie Reynoso feels I’m ready for a title in May

Golden Boy prospect Ryan Garcia talks about his fight this weekend and what he’s been working on in camp.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

In this video interview with Fight Hub TV, Ryan Garcia (16-0, 13 KOs) talks about his fight this Saturday against Braulio Rodriguez (19-3, 17 KOs) on the Canelo-Fielding undercard which will stream live on DAZN. Check it out...

Garcia on fighting at Madison Square Garden:

“Man, I mean they had Muhammad Ali fight here and so many iconic fighters, I feel honored. I feel blessed and I just gotta thank God for giving me this opportunity and I’m just ready to show out, show my skills.”

On what prompted him to switch trainers and bring in Eddie Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Alvarez:

“Well, my dad and I, we’ve been thinking about it for a long time. It’s just, you know, right timing. Timing’s everything so, I feel like this is the perfect moment to step up andsubmit myself to higher caliber of elite boxing.”

On how he thinks he’s improved since training with Reynoso:

“I definitely improved on how to handle a whole 10 round fight. Before, you know, you kinda go in there thinking you’ll knock everybody out. So, you know, I’ve learned to take my time and use my defense, my offense. I mean, everything he’s really been teaching me is just a whole all-around aspect of the game and I feel like I’ve improved 10-fold.”

On if he was just winging it in his last fights:

“Basically. I mean, especially my last two fights, I didn’t really train for them because I had a lot of stuff going on outside ring and I just knew I could win either way, but it wasn’t the performance I wanted to put on. But it’s okay. God humbles you for a reason.”

On if this new training situation had grounded him more:

“Yeah, focus way more on boxing. It’s ‘cause when you’re rising so many people try to get in your ear and there’s just so many different opportunities you could have. It was just a lot of distraction. But thank God that I’m in this position now, just to focus and go 100%.”

On what advice Canelo has given him:

“He just said that I’m crazy talented and that I work really hard and that they sky’s the limit for me. He can see me going all the way, I just gotta stay disciplined. And so does Eddie. Eddie feels I can be ready for a championship in May of next year, and that’s his words — I wasn’t really saying this, this is what they were saying so, they seen what I can do in the gym. They see my sparring, they seen how talented I actually am, and now I just gotta go out there and prove it.”

On if there’s something specific he wants to show fans in this fight:

“I just wanna show everybody how much I’ve improved and how much I can really fight. That’s all I’m focused on. I’m not focused on the knockout, I’m not focused on anything, I’m just focused on showing my skill, you know, breaking the fighter down little by little. That’s all I’m focused on.”

On who he could potentially fight in May for a world title:

“I have no clue. I have no clue, but that’s what they were saying, I’m just working hard everyday.”

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