Ryan Garcia's Positive Drug Test Rocks Boxing World

Ryan Garcia's Positive Drug Test Rocks Boxing World
Published on May 4, 2024, 9:19:47 AM
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Ryan Garcia has been caught in a storm of controversy after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance called ostarine. The test results, which also revealed the presence of another banned substance known as 19-norandrosterone, were conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) in Las Vegas.

The positive tests were reported to have occurred on the day of and the day before Garcia's stunning victory over Devin Haney last month in New York. Despite Garcia's victory, Haney retained his WBC lightweight title due to Garcia being 3.2 pounds overweight for the 140-pound bout.

The news was first reported by boxing writer Dan Rafael, who stated that the results are currently being confirmed by Carbon Isotope Ratio testing, which typically requires a 72-hour processing window if done on a rushed basis.

Golden Boy Promotions, Garcia's representative, released a statement denying Garcia's knowing use of any banned substances and stated that they are working with his team to determine how this finding came about.

Victor Conte, founder of BALCO and a special advisor to Haney, confirmed that he was alerted to Garcia's positive test by a Haney attorney. Conte explained that both substances have anabolic effects and are considered performance-enhancing.

Ostarine, a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM), is known to improve stamina and workout recovery ability. 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone, is an anabolic steroid with long-lasting effects.

Devin Haney expressed disappointment in Garcia's actions, stating,

"We learned about this situation not too long ago and it's unfortunate Ryan cheated and disrespected both the fans and the sport of boxing by fighting dirty and breaking positive not once, but twice. I've always been an advocate for clean fighting and this is an example of such."

Haney continued, "People die in this sport. This isn't a joking matter. Ryan owes the fans an apology, and by his recent tweet he still thinks this is a joke. We put our lives on the line to entertain people for a living. You don't play boxing."

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