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Ryan Garcia enlists Derrick James as new trainer

Ryan Garcia previously worked with Joe Goossen and Eddy Reynoso

Gervonta Davis v Ryan Garcia - Fight Night Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

After splitting from trainer Joe Goossen following his knockout loss to Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia announced on Instagram that he’s joined forces with Derrick James.


Garcia (23-1, 19 KO) joins a stacked stable that includes Errol Spence Jr, Jermell Charlo, and most recently Anthony Joshua. He’d previously worked with Eddy Reynoso from 2018 to February 2022, when he linked up with Goossen. Under Goossen’s tutelage, Garcia grinded his way past Emmanuel Tagoe and battered Javier Fortuna before getting trucked by “Tank.”

James clearly knows his stuff, but so did Goossen and Reynoso. We won’t know what kind of synergy Garcia has with him until we see “Kingry” back in the ring. Joshua notably underwhelmed against Jermaine Franklin in his first fight under James, so it may be in Garcia’s best interest to slow-walk his way into the super lightweight deep end.

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