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Ryan Garcia Will Train With Derrick James In Search Of 140-pound Title

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All-Star boxer Ryan Garcia will train with Derrick James in Dallas ahead of his 140-pound title campaign, Garcia announced on social media Thursday.

Garcia, 24, introduced James as her coach on Instagram, where she has 10.4 million followers. Garcia parted ways with trainer Joe Goosen after his seventh-round knockout loss to Gervonta Davis in Las Vegas last month.

That superfight, which generated $22.8 million in ticket sales, was contested at a catchweight of 136 pounds, but Garcia (23-1, 19 KO’s), ESPN’s No. 6 fighter at 140 pounds, will compete in the heavyweight superlight in the future.

“I’m looking for greatness,” Garcia told ESPN. “I’m looking to get better. I want to be a champion with Derrick James. I feel like he can guide me and guide me.”

James is the current ESPN Coach of the Year. In 2022, the former boxer directs Errol Spence Jr. and Jermel Charlo to a title unification, as Spence adds a third welterweight title, while Charlo becomes the undisputed super welterweight champion.

Earlier this year, James began working with former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, and now the trainer has added a fourth standout to the mix. James is known for his excellent power shots, so he’s a perfect fit for the fast, heavy-handed Garcia.

Garcia first teamed with Goosen as an amateur boxer in Southern California. Garcia was coached by his father, Henry, for many of his professional bouts, but Eddie Reynoso took over in 2018.

Reynoso, Canelo Alvarez’s longtime trainer, has given Garcia five wins in five bouts, including his seventh-round technical knockout of Luke Campbell in January 2021. After that career best win, Garcia was out of the ring for 15 months while he addressed his performance. Recovered from mental issues and wrist surgery.

When Garcia returned in April 2022, there was a familiar face next to his father in his corner: Goossens. The 69-year-old Goossen coached Garcia for three bouts: a decision win over Emmanuel Tagore in April 2022, a sixth-round knockout of Javier Fortuna in July and a final loss to Davis.

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