Boxer Ryan Garcia has been officially suspended for one year following a settlement with the New York State Athletic Commission after Garcia tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Ostarine during his fight against Devin Haney on April 20.

Details of the suspension

The 25-year-old's victory over Devin Haney was changed to a no-contest. As part of the settlement, Garcia will lose his prize money, which amounts to about $1.2 million. In addition, he was fined $10,000 by the commission. Garcia will be allowed to compete again in April 2025 if his urine test comes back clean and drug-free.

Garcia's reaction

Hours before the ban was announced, Garcia announced his retirement from boxing. He expressed his frustration on social media, stating, “They took my victory away from me.” He also mentioned that he plans to end his retirement once the ban is lifted. Garcia denied ever cheating and called Devin Haney a “crybaby.” He also hinted at a possible move to the UFC.

Official statements

Garcia's team issued a statement emphasizing his history of testing and his contributions to the sport. They stated, “Ryan has voluntarily submitted to random testing for many years, even outside of competition times, and has never had any issues.” They also hinted that Garcia will be “back in the ring.”

Devin Haney also released a statement thanking the commission and his supporters. He said: “Facts are facts and I was not given an equal opportunity. I am glad I was able to get justice for what happened.” Haney stressed the importance of clean athletes in boxing and expressed his desire to work for a clean sport.

Future prospects

Although Garcia's suspension is a major setback, his team and fans remain hopeful for his return to the ring. The boxing community will be watching closely how Garcia and Haney handle this incident.

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