Victor Iglesias, the trainer for junior middleweight contender Sergio Garcia, is preparing his pupil for a much better 2022.

Earlier this month, Garcia suffered the first defeat of his pro career when he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Sebastain Fundora in a WBC eliminator.

The fight was featured as part of the pay-per-view undercard to Gervonta Davis' lightweight clash with Isaac Cruz in Los Angeles.

Fundora will now move ahead to a WBC final eliminator against Erickson Lubin - where the winner will get a crack at world champion Jermell Charlo.

Despite the loss, Garcia put in a very solid effort and many felt the contest was much closer than what the scorecards indicated.

"I think we did a good job against Fundora. The main problem we had is that he was very tall and that surprised us more than we thought," Iglesias told Emilio Marquiegui.

The veteran trainer hopes the performance will lead to more opportunities in the United States.

"I think they were satisfied with our performance and will call us to fight in the United States. Let's see what they offer us," Iglesias said.

"In the sporting aspect [the loss to Fundora] is a slowdown, and also in the economic sense as well. Sebastian Fundora against Erickson Lubin, in the eliminator prior to the world title shot, [Garcia could have] collected half a million dollars; what a purse we could have achieved."

However, if no call comes about from the United States, then Garcia will attempt to reclaim the EBU title that he vacated. The current EBU champion is dangerous puncher Kerman Lejarraga.

"Although if they do not call us [to fight in the United States] the world will not end. Then we will go to recover the European super welterweight title against any opponent," Iglesias said.