“I Felt a Little Dark”: Former Boxing Champion Left in Tears as He Channelizes His Inner Michael Phelps & Simone Biles to Battle Mental Health & Claim Impressive Comeback Victory

Published 07/31/2022, 12:00 PM EDT

Former welterweight champion Danny Garcia is on cloud nine after a sensational victory against Jose Benavidez Jr. However, in an emotional post-fight interview, Garcia opened up about his mental health struggles.

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Garcia faced Benavidez at the Barclays Center in New York City on July 30, 2022. Moreover, after 12 rounds, he was declared the winner by decision. ‘Swift’ Garcia was in a post-fight interview with Showtime Boxing after his victory. In conversation, the reporter asked him about his hiatus and his doubters. In response, Garcia began by thanking his promoters, team, and his family for supporting him. He further added, “I did take a break. You know I was going through some mental things. I felt a little dark.”

And Garcia broke down in front of the camera. He emotionally added, “I went through some anxiety and depression. And I tried my best to stay strong. That’s it.”

PHILADELPHIA, PA – FEBRUARY 15: Danny Garcia (R) spars with Angel Garcia, Danny’s father, during a media workout at DSG Boxing Gym on February 15, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Danny Garcia, undefeated welterweight world champion, faces Keith Thurman in a title showdown at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 4. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the reporter asked him if he wishes to detail his struggles with mental health. Garcia responded by saying, “Maybe just the pressure. The pressure of life, the pressure of boxing, being a good dad. Just letting it out right now. I’m just letting it out. It weighed on me for a year and a half.”

Additionally, Garcia also mentioned that he knew that the only way he could get over it by fighting.

Danny Garcia was not the only boxer who spoke about mental health

It is worth noting that boxer Ryan Garcia also spoke about his struggles with mental health. In fact, Garcia even took a yearlong hiatus to focus on himself.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 13: Ryan Garcia of the United States speaks during a press conference at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

In an interview, Garcia opened up about dealing with depression and su*cidal thoughts. Moreover, he also mentioned that he took to alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Further, Garcia went on to become a major proponent of the importance of mental health.

Other athletes who opened up about mental health struggles

Many other athletes have also come forward, detailing their mental health struggles.

 

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In an emotional interview, American gymnast Simone Biles detailed her mental health struggles during the Tokyo Olympics. She stated she was still scared of doing gymnastics. She also added, “See, for me, that was the hardest part because speaking out on mental health, I knew that I could have the possibility of becoming an advocate for that.”

Biles also revealed that she relied on the people closest to her for support during struggles.

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Meanwhile, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps also opened up about his depression. In fact, the champ mentioned that he suffered from bouts of depression after the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

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Joshua Ben Joseph

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Joshua Ben Joseph is a Boxing writer for EssentiallySports. He started his career as an editorial cartoonist and holds a BFA degree with a specialization in Animated Filmmaking and Screenwriting from AISFM, Hyderabad. An avid lover of boxing history, Joshua believes his writing extends his lifelong adoration for combat sports.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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