WBC Issues Statement On Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna Postponement
Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna will no longer take place in July.
Garcia and Fortuna were expected to collide in a true number one contender bout. Garcia is the interim WBC Lightweight Champion, while Fortuna is the mandatory challenger. Devin Haney holds the main title and will be defending it against Jorge Linares on May 29.
Garcia has pulled out of his planned bout with Fortuna, citing mental health issues. The WBC has issued a statement, showing support for Garcia.
“President Mauricio Sulaiman and the WBC offer Ryan Garcia our full support and endorse his decision to attend to his personal issues. We are now, as always in his corner.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unimaginable problems to us all, and he, like the rest of humanity, have been greatly affected.
With Mental Health Awareness Month coming in May, the WBC will work diligently to reinforce its awareness program worldwide.
Ryan’s courageous decision to step aside at this time, has emphasized the fact that no one is exempt from the impact of this global crisis.
We honor Ryan’s choice as a champion of wellness and consider him an inspiration to others who suffer in silence.
When appropriate, The WBC will be ready with full support, for Ryan’s return to the ring.”