Pro Boxer Ryan Garcia's Win Overturned: Testing Positive for Substances Costs Him $1 Million

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 06/21/2024
The New York State Athletic Commission has declared Ryan Garcia's win against Devin Haney a no-contest after he tested positive for performance-enhancing substances. Garcia would lose $1 million and pay a $10,000 fine. However, the commission decided that Garcia could compete in another bout in New York state after April 20, 2025, if he passes a drug test.

Garcia, who grew up in Victorville, stated on Twitter that he was retiring from boxing and wanted to speak with UFC President Dana White about joining the company. He stated that he was not guilty and that he was a victim of substance contamination. Garcia's lawyers claim that he never intentionally took any banned substance.

The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association reported that Garcia's A-sample tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug osteorine the day before and the day of the fight with Haney. The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator that may promote muscle development. It took some time for the test results to be revealed.

In New York, Garcia prevailed against Haney by a majority vote, giving him his first defeat by taking down Haney three times. However, he was unable to win the belt because he was overweight. Haney expressed gratitude to the commission in an ESPN interview, saying that the facts were the facts and he was not on an even playing field.


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