Boxing Star Ryan Garcia Announces Retirement Amidst Lawsuit, Doping Allegations, and Family Struggles (24)

Boxing Star Ryan Garcia Announces Retirement Amidst Lawsuit, Doping Allegations, and Family Struggles (24)
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Ryan Gar­cia, the 24-year-old box­ing phe­nom, has sent shock­waves through the sport after tak­ing to social media to announce his “offi­cial retirement.” 

This comes amidst a series of per­son­al and legal chal­lenges for Gar­cia, includ­ing a defama­tion law­suit from Logan Paul’s brand, his moth­er’s bat­tle with can­cer, and a recent dop­ing violation.

Gar­ci­a’s announce­ment fol­lows a tumul­tuous few months. In May, he was sued by Logan Paul’s ener­gy drink com­pa­ny, Prime, for alleged defama­tion. Short­ly before, he revealed his moth­er’s breast can­cer diagnosis. 

Adding to his strug­gles, the Vol­un­tary Anti-Dop­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (VADA) dis­closed that Gar­cia test­ed pos­i­tive for Ostarine, a banned sub­stance, around the time of his April fight against Devin Haney. While Gar­cia won the fight, he could­n’t claim the WBC light­weight title due to miss­ing weight.

Tak­ing to social media, Gar­cia vent­ed his frus­tra­tions: “Mom has can­cer. I’m being sued. My sup­ple­ments were taint­ed. Going thru a divorce.” He con­tin­ued, “Box­ing will be alright with­out me. But still sucks I was fun in the game. And it was fun to punch peo­ple. 
I’m offi­cial­ly retired.”

How­ev­er, the box­ing world remains skep­ti­cal of Gar­ci­a’s retire­ment. At the peak of his career, with poten­tial­ly lucra­tive fights against Haney, Ger­von­ta Davis, or oth­ers on the hori­zon, some con­sid­er this a rash decision.

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