What is Ryan Garcia’s Drug Test Controversy?

American boxer Ryan Garcia was found to have failed a drug test shortly before his explosive victory over undefeated WBC super-lightweight Devin Haney last month. Garcia tested positive for the performance-enhancing anabolic agent ostarine both the day before and the day after his surprise win over Devin Haney last month in New York City. Additionally, his A-sample reportedly screened positive for 19-norandrosterone.

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The Substance in Question

Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator that has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list since 2008. Its use can stimulate muscle growth. It is regarded as a safer* alternative to steroids.

*Note: Safer doesn’t mean good for health. Kindly consult your doctor for more information.

Ryan Garcia’s Response

Garcia vehemently denied taking any illegal substances. In a video posted to social media, he stated, “Everybody knows that I don’t cheat. I’ve never taken a steroid in my life. I don’t even know where to get steroids, at the end of the day. I barely take supplements … Big lies, I beat his ass”.

Haney’s Reaction

Devin Haney, Garcia’s opponent, expressed his disappointment. He said, “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. Ryan owes the fans an apology, and by his recent tweet, he still thinks this is a joke”.

The Aftermath

Following the positive test, Garcia has 10 days to request that his B-sample be tested. If the B-sample also tests positive, it would likely result in a suspension and the overturning of the result to a no-contest.

Recent Developments

In a recent development, Ryan Garcia is one step closer to clearing his name. Amid reports that the 25-year-old has tested negative for a nandrolone metabolite, the boxing world awaits further updates.

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