A Confident Garcia: ‘I’m Leaving At 26’
When it comes to the length of his career, Ryan Garcia appears to know when he wants to let go of boxing. He also believes that by the time he turns 26, he’ll accomplish all he needs to in the sport.
Speaking on the Impact Network’s ‘Stars and Champions’ series, Garcia (20-0) talked about being in the prime of his career. Turning professional in 2016, Garcia has already risen to the top of Golden Boy’s charts. He is the current the WBO-NABO and WBC Silver Lightweight Champion. The next goal for the 21-year-old? Win a world title. After that? The world will be his oyster.
“I don’t know if I’ll wind up having a long career,” Garcia stated, via Boxing Scene “I was telling everybody I’m here to come in and out. I’m quick with it. [By] 26 [years of age], 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.”
Garcia has beaten two top fighters in Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca. Regarding the latter, he knocked Fonseca out this past February with a vicious shot. With 17 wins via knockout, the Oscar De La Hoya-led Garcia is confident in his ability. Trained by Canelo Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso, it is no wonder why.
With interest in world titles, Garcia has been eyeing fighters like Mayweather Promotions’ Gervonta Davis (WBA Lightweight Champion), as well as WBC, WBA, and WBO Lightweight Champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.
“In my opinion, I think I can fight all these guys and I can beat all the guys I want to fight,” Garcia went on to say. “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… I’m gonna have to wait for a kid that’s 15 now to grow up to something huge that I’d want to fight him”
De La Hoya ended up fighting until he was 35. Canelo is currently 29. Will Garcia have a quick career, or will he last longer than expected.