De La Hoya: “Ryan Needs Authority; I Know Derrick Will Crack The Whip”

De La Hoya Believes Derrick James Can Bring Discipline to Garcia

Oscar De La Hoya says Derrick James can discipline Ryan Garcia
Oscar De La Hoya says Derrick James can discipline Ryan Garcia

Oscar De La Hoya Believes Derrick James is the Trainer Ryan Garcia Needs

The relationship between junior welterweight sensation “King” Ryan Garcia (23-1, 19KO) and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has experienced its fair share of ups and downs. However, De La Hoya is optimistic that Ryan’s new trainer, Derrick James, can provide the guidance and discipline the talented fighter requires.

Garcia switched to James following his first career defeat to multi-divisional champion Gervonta Davis on April 22. After parting ways with Joe Goossen, he announced on social media that’s 2022 Trainer of the Year James as the new trainer.


The burning question is how James will influence the development of the Californian fighter. In an interview with Fight Hub TV, De La Hoya acknowledged the necessity for Garcia to have a trainer who can push him to his limits.

“From my experience, he needs authority. He needs a military. He needs somebody that’s gonna fucking tell him what to do and not be afraid . . . I think Ryan is a sponge. He wants to learn. He wants to feel like somebody’s teaching him.”

“I’m glad that he has Derrick as a trainer because I know he’s going to be there cracking the whip.”

De La Hoya has spoken highly of Garcia’s decision to train under James. As tensions have risen to a boiling point with the two entities, this could potentially serve as an olive branch to mend their past issues.

The identity of Garcia’s next opponent remains uncertain. While many eyes were on WBA Regular champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero, the WBA has ordered him to face mandatory challenger Ohara Davies instead.

The boxing community eagerly awaits the announcement of Garcia’s next opponent, as his future inside the ring continues to remain bright.

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