Ryan Garcia Hopes To Remain Friends with Canelo Alvarez
Former WBC Interim lightweight titlist Ryan “King Ry” Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) had a series of letdowns in 2021. The lightweight prospect went from being the most talked about fighter to being dismissed by Team Alvarez. Looking to make a change in 2022, he holds out hope that he can make amends with his former mentor.
Garcia’s career has been guided under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions, and he managed to form a special friendship with boxing’s biggest earner Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The current undisputed middleweight champion took Garcia under his wing and showed tremendous support for his protégé. Some believe that Garcia used his friendship with Alvarez to receive a money bag after signing a five-year extension.
With everything going up, the star lightweight defeated former title contender Luke Campbell impressively. Garcia’s career was bout to skyrocket to stardom. That was until he went through depression, and this was the beginning of the end. Garcia had several high-profile fights fall through either due to mental depression or injury. As a result, Alvarez called into question Garcia’s dedication to the sport. Then what followed next was the ultimate blow as King Ry split with Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso, which signaled things were not good between the student and his teacher.
GARCIA HOPES TO GET HIS BEST FRIEND BACK
Looking at returning against Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9, Garcia expressed hope of mending things with the current undisputed super middleweight champion during an interview on the DAZN boxing show.
“I would hope that we could come back and be good friends because that was a special time in my life. As a young kid, I went into the gym at 19 years old, stayed there for about five fights over three and a half, four years, I think.
I appreciate those moments. But obviously, there is a new chapter now. But I don’t have no hard feelings towards him. I wish him the best, and I think he’s obviously a great person and great fighter.”
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By: Garrisson Bland