Robert Garcia Interested in Training Errol Spence After Fighter’s Split With Derick James

Trainer Robert Garcia has confirmed his interest in training former unified world welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (28-1, 22 KOs) following the fighter’s split with Derick James.

James last week confirmed that he is no longer working with Spence, who suffered a devastating stoppage defeat to Terence Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) last July in an attempt to become the undisputed welterweight champion. Crawford knocked down Spence three times before bringing the night to a close in the ninth round in a career-best performance. 

James recently refused to deny a rift with Spence and admitted that they had not spoken to one another in weeks.

Since then, Garcia, in a recent interview with 210 Boxing, was asked if he would be interested in training Spence. Garcia said he believed he could utilize methods similar to those he used in training Marcos Maidana as a blueprint for Spence’s future success. 

“If he reached out to me, I would definitely consider speaking and talking to him,” Garcia said of Spence. “I would love to, because those are challenges for me, too. Look at Marcos Maidana. He had the best paydays of his life when he came to me. Sometimes fighters need something like that. Maybe Spence needs something like that.”

Garcia also complimented Spence on his fighting style and believes he has plenty left to offer, saying he wouldn’t need more than fine-tuning in terms of adjustments.

“He already has a great style, Garcia said. “He was, pound for pound, one of the best fighters in the world. It’s just little touches. Honestly, it would be a challenge for me, too. … I would love to talk to him about putting something together.”

However, Garcia concluded that he would first need to speak to his team about adding Spence.

“I have a team, too, but I’ll talk to my team and everything,” Garcia said. “Why not? There are still so many things that he can still do.”