Ryan Garcia Announces Boxing Return After Mental Health Break
American boxing prodigy Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) has announced his return to action after a nine-month hiatus.
The former WBC interim lightweight champion has remained on the sidelines ever since he withdrew from the WBC lightweight title eliminator against Javier Fortuna.
The 22-year-old had cited his deteriorating mental health for pulling out of the highly-anticipated fight.
On Tuesday, the undefeated boxer claimed that he would fight in October in Los Angeles. The young boxer did not give away the name of his opponent but he might face off against Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz Jr. (32-1-1, 15 KOs).
Garcia had a career best win over Luke Campbell where he notched a TKO victory in January, extending his untouched 21-fight winning streak.
But prior to that bout, he shared in an interview with talkSPORT that he’s had struggles with anxiety.
“When I was 17, that’s when I really was going through that extreme anxiety with panic attacks,” he said. “I didn’t know what anxiety was, but anxiety to me is a double-edged sword.”
But now, he’s back, and he posted on social media to confirm it.
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If a bout with Diaz Jr. happens, Matchroom Sports President Eddie Hearn might not be happy; he’s been trying for some time to get Jo Jo to fight his boxer, WBC 135-lb champion Devin Haney.
What could upset Hearn is that Garcia and Jo Jo haven’t used the mandatory status to challenge Haney for his belt, despite winning lightweight title eliminators.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya hasn’t let the cat out of the bag as well. It seems like the promotion is still mulling on who should King Ryan face next.