DALLAS—With five knockouts in as many fights with his current team, it’s safe to say that Ryan Garcia will never look back.
The unbeaten lightweight saw his career soar to new heights, even amidst his scariest moment to date in rising from the deck to knock out England’s Luke Campbell in the 7th round of their Jan. 2nd interim title fight. Garcia breezed through his previous four opponents under the tutelage of Eddy Reynoso.
Such a union with Reynoso also put the unbeaten Californian in the presence pound-for-pound king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who went out of his way to make the trip to American Airlines Center in Dallas to support his stablemate. The calming presence of the 2019 Trainer of the Year went a long way in propelling the 22-year old rising star to secure his biggest win yet.
“I’m blessed to have such a great team behind me with Eddy and Canelo,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com. “They took me under their wing and showed me the ropes.
“Being around them and watching someone like Canelo who’s just on a whole other dimension, you can only become greater by learning from this team every day.”
Garcia (21-0, 18KOs) learned plenty about himself after catching an overhand left from Campbell (20-4, 16KOs) in suffering the first knockdown of his career. The Victorville, California product managed to turn the tide by the end of the round, although Campbell was never completely out of the fight until a final left hook to the body put away the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and former two-time title challenger for good in the 7th round of their DAZN headliner.
The moment produced an immediate in-ring celebration, followed by a touching moment between Garcia and Alvarez, the latter who expressed—in perfect English—his admiration for the young boxer who proved his worth alongside a class of rising young talent that includes 26-year old two-division tltlist Gervonta Davis (24-0, 23KOs), 23-year old lineal lightweight king Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12KOs) and 22-year old lightweight titlist Devin Haney (25-0, 15KOs).
Garcia still has work ahead of him in order for his skills and accomplishments to catchup to his marketability. Given present company, that seems like the easy part.
“Being around that type of greatness and knowledge, I won’t ever let that go to waste,” vows Garcia.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox