Ryan Garcia hints at potential return to boxing
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American boxing prodigy Ryan Garcia might be returning to the boxing ring sooner than the fans were expecting him after taking a month-long break.

In an Instagram post, KingRy announced that the world will see him in action soon. The 22-year-old boxer took a break from the sport only two weeks after his fight was confirmed to take place in July against Javier Fortuna.

He had taken the break to work on his mental health issues. Most of the people in the boxing fraternity stood with him while a few claimed that the American boxer tried to duck Fortuna.

In a post published on April 24, Garcia wrote: “I know this news may be disappointing to some of my fans but I am announcing today that I am withdrawing from my July 9th fight. At this time it is important to manage my health and wellbeing. I have decided to take some time off to focus on becoming a stronger version of myself.”

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He added: “I hope to be back soon and am looking forward to stepping back into the ring when I am my healthiest self. I want to Thank God, my family, my doctors and my supporters.”

His recent Instagram post has revealed that the month of May tested really tested him mentally. Posting a picture of himself on Instagram on June 5, he wrote: “I’m coming back soon. The pain made me stronger, I pray my enemies don’t go thru what I’ve gone through.”

Garcia had once admitted that he had anxiety and mental health troubles as a teenager as well.

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When did Ryan Garcia last fight?

The 22-year-old boasts a flawless 21-0 record in the professional boxing arena, winning 18 of his 21 fights via knockout.

He is known for his fast hands and sublime conditioning that allows him to outbox his opponents in the middle rounds.

The lightweight boxer last fought and defeated Luke Campbell in January 2021. What made this win special for Garcia was that he looked to have been defeated at one point in the game.

Garcia survived a barrage of Campbell’s punches and knockdowns to ultimately win the contest against the Brit.

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The former 15-time national amateur champion was in talks to fight against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao after the January victory. However, the talks never progressed to become an official fight.

Devin Haney criticises Garcia

Devin Haney did not hold back when it came to his views on Garcia after the latter commented on Haney’s recent victory against Jorge Linares.

“A few weeks ago, he wanted sympathy because he was having “Mental Health issues” this week he is talking s— about me. It’s funny how he came out after Javier Fortuna found another opponent,” Haney said.

“Let’s be real. You never wanted to fight Linares. You ducked him as you ducked me.”

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Shayan is a Pakistan-based sports blogger with over three years of experience in journalism and sub-editing of sports-related pieces.

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