Ryan Garcia Tests Positive for Banned Substance Ahead of Haney Fight, Denies Any Wrongdoing

Garcia reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance ahead of his clash with Devin Haney

Ryan Garcia
Courtesy of @DAZNBoxing on X

We now know why Ryan Garcia performed so well against Devin Haney last month.

In addition to going into the fight packing a few extra pounds, Garcia has also tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine according to a letter from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association that was sent to all involved parties. The samples were taken before the fight, but the results were not known until recently. 

Garcia has already vehemently denied the accusations.

“Everybody knows that I don’t cheat,” Garcia said in a video posted on X. “Never taken a steroid. … I don’t even know where to get steroids. … I barely take supplements. Big lies, I beat his ass.”

Ostarine is regularly used by athletes and bodybuilders looking to significantly improve lean body mass. Thus far, the drug is not approved by the FDA but is widely available. A report from ESPN also states that Garcia’s A-sample screened positive for 19-Norandrosterone, but its presence is currently unconfirmed.

Garcia has 10 days to request that his B-sample be tested.

‘King Ryan’ claimed on social media that his positive test came from taking Ashwagandha Root.

“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,” Devin Haney said in a statement to ESPN.

“… 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. This puts the fight in a completely different light. Despite the disadvantage, I still fought on my shield and got back up! People die in this sport. This isn’t a joking matter.”

Ryan Garcia Goes Off on Social Media Following Positive Drug Test Reveal

Garcia has been posting non-stop online since the news broke, going so far as to suggest that his association with Donald Trump is to blame. 

Of course, Garcia didn’t stop there.

Published on May 1, 2024 at 11:06 pm
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