Boxer Ryan Garcia denies using banned drug Ostarine for Devin Haney fight

‘I don’t even know where to get steroids,’ Garcia said, after reports claimed he had tested positive for a banned drug.

Ryan Garcia denies reports that said he tested positive for a banned drug [File: John Locher/AP]Published On 2 May 20242 May 2024

Ryan Garcia has denied using performance-enhancing drugs in a video posted on social media after ESPN reported that he had tested positive for a banned substance.

Garcia defeated Devin Haney, a former amateur rival, by majority decision on April 20 in New York. Garcia knocked Haney down three times and handed the WBC super lightweight champion his first loss but did not win the title because he was over the weight limit.

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“Everybody knows that I don’t cheat,” Garcia said in a video posted on X on Wednesday night.

“Never taken a steroid … I don’t even know where to get steroids. … I barely take supplements. Big lies.”

Ryan Garcia, right, celebrates after winning a super lightweight boxing match against Devin Haney on April 21, 2024, in New York [Frank Franklin II/AP]

ESPN reported that the 25-year-old Garcia tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Ostarine the day before and the day of the fight, citing a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association letter. Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator, and its use can stimulate muscle growth. The drug is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The samples were taken before the fight, but the results weren’t known until later, ESPN reported.

“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,” Haney said in a statement to ESPN, adding: “This puts the fight in a completely different light.”

Garcia’s victory could be overturned if the positive drug test is confirmed.

Source: News Agencies