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Ryan Garcia Tested Positive for PEDs



May 2nd, 2024

The boxing world is reeling after news broke that Ryan Garcia, fresh off his victory over Devin Haney, has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). This revelation throws a massive wrench into Garcia's win and casts a dark cloud over the sport.

According to reports, Ryan Garcia had apre-fight VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) that tested positive for Ostarine, a banned substance. This significantly alters the narrative surrounding Garcia's win, which saw him secure a majority decision victory and three knockdowns against Haney at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last month.

The WBC super lightweight title, supposedly on the line during the fight, now becomes a contentious topic due to Garcia's alleged doping violation. Garcia has a limited window of 10 days to request testing of his B-sample, which could potentially exonerate him. However, the situation worsens with reports from ESPN's Mike Coppinger suggesting the presence of another banned substance, 19-norandrosterone, in Garcia's initial test.

This news is a major blow for Haney, who suffered his first professional loss to Garcia. Despite the defeat, Haney retained his title belt due to Garcia missing weight before the fight. However, the significance of Garcia's win, initially seen as a defining moment in his career, now hangs in the balance.

At just 25 years old, Garcia's reputation as a rising star is now tarnished by doping allegations. This not only undermines his accomplishments but also raises questions about the integrity of the sport. Meanwhile, Haney, with a record of 31-1 and 15 knockouts, faces the aftermath of a bitter defeat further muddied by suspicions of an unfair advantage.

The boxing community awaits the results of the B-sample test, but the damage to Garcia's image and the legitimacy of his win may already be significant. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of fair play and clean competition in boxing.

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