Ryan Garcia Tests Positive For Ostarine

Ryan Garcia has failed a VADA test for Ostarine, potentially derailing his big win against Devin Haney

Dan Rafael broke the news, claiming there were two positive tests for the substance. The first was on April 19, a day before the fight, and the other took place on the fight date. Ostarine is a banned substance that allows athletes to cut weight quickly, grow their muscles, and increase stamina. Amir Khan notably failed a UKAD test after his Kell Brook loss for the same thing in 2022, getting him a two-year ban. 

Garcia maintains his innocence. He mentioned the Ashwagandha Root, a herb for anxiety, as a possible reason for the failed test and called the claims fake news. Meanwhile, Gervonta Davis was not convinced by the news. 

“They’re doing anything to take away the win from Ryan. If that’s the case, ban Eddie Hearn’s silver spoon a**,” Davis

“Everybody knows that I don’t cheat. What can I say? Why didn’t the come out with this before the fight if they found it before? Why would they let me step into the ring as a cheater and then come out with a victory and then post this? Again, these are people that are trying to attack me for whatever reason but no weapon against me shall prosper. I’ve never taken a steroid in my — I don’t even know where to get steroids at the end of the day. I barely take supplements. They’re saying it’s coming from the ashwagandha — that’s…big lies,” Garcia stated

Nevertheless, some pressing issues need addressing. Garcia missed weight by 3.2 pounds. That could have had a major impact on the fight if he intentionally took any substance. He sent Haney to the canvas three times on his way to a majority decision win. Should Garcia be found guilty, he could get banned. Haney’s team will likely want it ruled a no-contest, with a possible rematch later. Haney has now responded with a statement. 

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