PED Scandal: Ryan Garcia Suspended for a Year and Forced to Forfeit $1 Million – What’s Next for the Boxer?

NEW YORK, NY – Boxer Ryan Garcia’s rollercoaster week took another unexpected turn as the New York State Athletic Commission suspended him for one year. This decision comes hot on the heels of Garcia’s surprising announcement on social media that he was retiring from boxing. The suspension follows Garcia’s positive test for the performance-enhancing drug ostarine before and after his fight with WBC super lightweight champion Devin Haney in April at the Barclays Center.

In addition to the one-year suspension, Garcia must forfeit the $1 million he earned from his victory over Haney, now ruled a no-contest. The 25-year-old fighter was also fined $10,000 by the NYSAC. Reports from ESPN disclosed that Garcia’s B-sample also confirmed the presence of the banned substance.

Shortly after news of his suspension broke, Garcia took to social media to vent his frustrations, including calling his opponent a derogatory term. Haney, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to the commission for their decision in addressing the situation appropriately, questioning why Golden Boy, the promoter, would still receive proceeds from the fight.

Haney felt cheated by the situation and emphasized his intention to return stronger in a year. After already holding all the belts, he stated his determination to fight in any weight class of his choosing moving forward. This development marks a significant setback for Garcia, who had a tumultuous few weeks following his win over Haney, including a recent arrest for alleged property damage in Beverly Hills.

The uncertainty surrounding Garcia’s future in boxing lingers, raising doubts about whether or when he will return to the ring. This latest suspension adds another layer of complexity to an already eventful chapter in the boxer’s career, leaving fans and pundits alike speculating on what lies ahead for the talented yet controversial athlete.