Haney’s Attorney Takes Action To Get Garcia Disqualified

Devin Haney’s attorney, Pat English, has asked the New York State Athletic Commission to disqualify Ryan Garcia and give his fighter the win.

This comes after Garcia failed two VADA tests for Ostarine, casting doubt over his majority decision win. Two urine samples taken on April 19/20 flagged the banned substance. Garcia’s B sample will be tested on May 22. Strict liability means boxers are responsible for what they consume. If the B sample is positive, Garcia must explain how it entered his system.

Haney’s camp has taken a stance for three reasons. Garcia came in 3.2 pounds over the junior welterweight limit, which he acknowledged was the plan. There are also clips of Garcia using IVs, which are banned. Lastly, the presence of Ostarine is a banned PED, which was in Garcia’s body. Lucian Bute’s victory against Badou Jack at the 2016 Olympics was overturned when he failed a test for Ostarine. 

Haney’s Attorney

“He was placed in an unsafe fight under NYSAC jurisdiction. The bout was made a mockery and in addition to the PED use and prohibited use of IV’s, after the bout, Mr. Garcia admitted that missing weight was a tactic to give him an unfair advantage. As there was no second-day weigh in required by the commission, thus it is impossible to know what he weighed on fight night. This is why, after setting forth the facts below we request that Mr. Garcia be disqualified, which is more fitting than a no-contest in this situation.

“After the bout, Garcia stated publicly that he had lied and he was overweight in order to get a competitive advantage over Haney. Had Garcia not lied about his purpose, Haney would not have proceeded with the bout against him and/or would have taken steps to protect himself.

“Ostarine is sold on the black market for its performance enhancing properties. At no time did Devin Haney consent to engage in a bout against a boxer who was positive for a performance-enhancing drug, and would not have proceeded with the bout had he known. The New York State Athletic Commission would not have permitted the bout had it known of the positive finding.

“Representatives of Mr. Garcia have publicly suggested that the Ostarine was found in trace amounts. In fact, while there are a couple of Commissions in the United States which permit trace amounts of Ostarine [and New York, WADA and VADA are not among them], the samples quantities [were] 35 to 60 times the amount considered in those jurisdictions to be trace amounts.

“Adding insult to the commission and to the sport of boxing, Mr. Garcia has alleged that he was ‘high as f*** during’ his bout with Mr. Haney. This very clearly brings disrepute on the sport of boxing and, by derivation, on the New York State Athletic Commission.

“In this context, the commission has full authority to issue a disqualification. That would change the bout to a win for Mr. Haney by disqualification. On behalf of Mr. Haney, we request that change in addition to such suspension as deemed appropriate by the commission,” Pat English

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