Ryan Garcia is nearly set for THE RYTURN on April 9, when he’ll face Emmanuel Tagoe in a DAZN principal occasion from San Antonio’s Alamodome.
Loads has been product of Garcia (21-0, 18 KO) within the final 12 months or so particularly. Following his 2021-opening win over Luke Campbell that quieted a minimum of some critics, he took some flak for pulling out of fights with Javier Fortuna (psychological well being) and Joseph Diaz Jr (hand surgical procedure), and additionally had a public break up with Canelo Alvarez and coach Eddy Reynoso, main him to rent Joe Goossen to be his chief second for this combat.
Each fighter and coach appear happy with how camp has gone.
“I’m at the point where I’m going to do amazing when I get into the ring. I’ve done all the promotion I can. I’m going to be the best I can be. You have to trust that gut feeling which most guys don’t,” he stated. “I knew Joe Goossen was going to be a perfect fit for me. He’s old school and I love that part of the game. He’s someone I can relate to, we have good chemistry.”
“I knew he had something special,” Goossen added. “We got along and there was something about him that appealed to me personality-wise and fighting-wise. He’s really attacking this like he’s obsessed and possessed. I’m genuinely impressed.”
As for Tagoe (32-1, 15 KO), Garcia admits he doesn’t know a ton concerning the Ghanaian contender, however he doesn’t have any plans to vary up his method as soon as the bell sounds.
“I’m always stalking my opponent, that’s my fighting style. Making sure I’m countering. Whenever an opportunity presents itself,” he stated. “I received knocked down for the primary time in my life [against Luke Campbell] and I took it properly. I reacted the best way I imagined I might. I’m fairly good at preventing smaller guys. [Tagoe] is just a little shorter and he likes to field.
“Fighters always try to pressure me. We’ll see since I don’t know too much about this guy. I’ll just stay calm and surgically break him down or knock him out. I have pretty good timing and accuracy. I think that has really separated myself from other fighters.”
Garcia added that his energy has “been coming out more effortlessly,” and that he feels his total conditioning has improved.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who is aware of a factor or 10 about switching trainers, is happy with what he’s seen, too.
“He’s fighting a guy who has nothing to lose,“ De La Hoya said. “I think Ryan needs to come out and make a point but do it smart and careful. Ryan knows what he is doing. He’s a professional. He’s been there before so it’s going to be an interesting fight. Joe Goossen has been in the game for so many years. I’m glad they made the connection.”