The combat sports industry has seen several prodigies come and go. However, the talent that some fighters harbor seems like that of a once in a generation kind of maestro. When one thinks of Ryan Garcia, Mike Tyson comes to mind as the only other boxer to have matched his success.
The lightweight turned pro back in 2016 even before he turned 18. His astounding success can be attributed to his work under the brilliant tutelage of head trainer, Eddy Reynoso. And as far as his ranking on the lightweight roster is concerned, Reynoso has all but guaranteed a rapid ascension to the top.
Garcia boasts of an unblemished record and is looking forward to taking up a title shot in the near future. Following which he has no plans of slowing down. The end goal is to fill his trophy cabinet with as much hardware as possible.
He looks forward to quitting while he’s ahead in the game. For you command respect if you leave at the top. In addition, the baby-faced contender hopes to have enough time left after his boxing career to pursue other professional avenues.
“I don’t know if I’ll wind up having a long career. I was telling everybody I’m here to come in and out. I’m quick with it. [By] 26, I’m beating everybody. And when I beat everybody, they’re gonna want me to come back. I said I’m leaving at 26. Nobody believes me. But I’m gonna do it,” said Ryan Garcia in an interview on ‘Stars and Champion’ on Impact Network.
When Garcia talks about retiring at an early stage in life, it reminds us of his current promoter, Oscar de la Hoya. The founder of Golden Boy Promotions had hard plans of retiring at the age of 31 and working his way to an architecture degree.
However, the former six-division titlist went on to make appearances in the boxing ring until the age of 35. Therefore as far as Garcia is concerned, he is only looking to fight until his head coach says otherwise. He aims to retire before he becomes just another prodigy to have burned out in the ring.
“I definitely don’t want to go to architecture school, that’s for sure. But I’ll definitely do something else. In my opinion, I think I can fight all these guys and I can beat all the guys I want to fight. Who else would I want to beat other than Gervonta Davis, other than Lomachenko, Teofimo… who else, Devin Haney? All these guys that are in my way,” said Garcia.
With what the youngster has to say it seems like he is not going to stray from the path that has been paved for him. However, time can change the hardest of men. And only time will tell whether Ryan Garcia makes good on his promises or not.
Do you think Garcia should retire as early as 26?