By Jim Strobridge: Trainer Eddy Reynoso insists unbeaten interim WBC lightweight champion Ryan Garcia will come back stronger from his life problems, and he believes he’s returning after July.
Ryan (21-0, 18 KOs) is taking time off from boxing to get his mental health back together before he resumes his successful professional career.
In the meantime, Reynoso has told Ryan to keep working out, doing running, and training so that he’ll be ready. Ryan, 22, can’t afford to stay out of the ring for too long if he wants to return to the form he had.
Some boxing fans believe Ryan is using this life episode as an excuse to duck his risky fight with Javier Fortuna because that would have been a tough one.
If Ryan had won that fight, he would have been expected to take on WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, who lives and breathes boxing 100%. Haney doesn’t spend time making Youtube videos and posting on Instagram the way Ryan does. His focus is pure boxing.
These fans think Ryan is using his time to make money as a YouTuber and Instagram personality like his friends Jake and Logan Paul.
Reynoso: Ryan Garcia will come back quickly
“Well, the last time I spoke to him, he looked a bit more calmed down,” said trainer Eddy Reynoso to Fighthub about Ryan Garcia.
“He had a little bit of problems but nothing that is going to harm his career long term. He’s a young kid and very disciplined.
“So I think in life, we all pass through problems where we got to put a stop to what we do and our work. I think that’s the case with Ryan, but I’m sure he’ll come back stronger.
“I don’t know what problems he has. But I think he’ll come back quickly and move forward. Well, he’d been doing some training before he made his announcement,” said Reynoso about Ryan Garcia.
Reynoso speculates that Ryan will come back quickly from his problems, but we don’t know if that’ll be the case. If Ryan doesn’t love boxing anymore, he might not return.
He’s made millions already, and he can afford to retire without ever needing to work another day in his life. Ryan had already been talking about retiring by the time he’s 26, which is just around the corner.
Ryan will return after July
“I think after Canelo’s fight, he can integrate again, but I told him to run and do sprints and do some physical exercises so that he stays in good shape little by little until he starts feeling better,” Reynoso continued bout King Ryan.
“He’s a good friend, a fighter I’m working with, and a good person. So I do worry that he’s healthy and at optimal health for his life and in sport.
“I have a lot of confidence that very soon he will bounce back. Right now, there’s no date yet.
“His return will be after July, but most importantly that he’s fine and returns to the gym quickly and continues his life. Look, Ryan has always been a model athlete and a disciplinary boxer.
“In his short career that he’s had, he’s done a lot of positive things. You can’t play with your health, and more with a sportsman that has shown integrity.
“To all those people that say he is lying is to take things as they come. Ryan is an exemplary sportsman, a very disciplined fighter, and his last fight showed that.
“He got off the canvas and won the fight via knockout,” said Reynoso about Ryan’s win over Luke Campbell.
“I think in life, we get bad moments, but life doesn’t finish, and we got to keep working and learn from things.
“We all show support, we are a united team, and we will always support,” said Reynoso about his gym supporting Ryan.
If Ryan does return to the ring after July, he needs to take it easy for his first fight back. It won’t be a good idea for Ryan to take on Fortuna because that guy will have worked out hard.
Former WBA super featherweight champion Fortuna is a tough fighter who will be a problem for Ryan.