“Life Gets Hard Sometimes”: Ryan Garcia Apologizes for Delayed Boxing Return

Published 09/07/2021, 2:48 AM EDT
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)


Lightweight star Ryan Garcia has appeared in just one bout in 2021 so far. Following his win against Luke Campbell in January, ‘KingRy’ had vowed to remain active throughout the calendar year, aiming shots at Gervonta Davis and Manny Pacquiao. However, Garcia had a few problems away from the ring and pulled out of his scheduled fight.

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Meanwhile, he has claimed that he will return soon, but hasn’t hinted at any official date or a potential name. Hence, his comeback fight is still up in the air. That said, the undefeated boxer has also lost his Interim WBC 135 lbs belt because of inactivity. Thus, it hasn’t been quite a good time for him.

However, the surging star, who appears to have hit the gym, is honing himself for a return. Ryan Garcia has also updated the fans regarding his ongoing scenario via social media.

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Turning to social media, Garcia dropped back-to-back tweets and wrote, “Sorry for this wait had been so long since my last fight, as you know things got tough for me, had to figure out a lot of things… I’ll be getting back in that ring soon love y’all who support me thank you.”

“Life gets hard sometimes.”

He needs to return soon to remain relevant in the lightweight title ride. All the champions are scheduled to be on the brink of bagging their next fights. Hence, it can leave Garcia without a title shot, which can delay his dream of becoming a world champion.

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What’s next for Ryan Garcia?

On returning to action, there’s no way the 23-year-old will receive a major title bout. However, his sheer stardom will still help him bag big names, but only if the other lightweight A-listers agree. Golden Boy Promotions can already start hunting for a relevant contender. That said, Garcia has done enough to earn a major blockbuster now.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES NOVEMBER 2, 2019: American boxer Ryan Garcia wins his WBC Silver and NABO lightweight title bout against Philippine rival Romero Duno at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

21-0 as a professional, Ryan Garcia has 18 KOs under his name. Furthermore, he has held a few minor titles in his career and is one of the biggest names in modern-era boxing. But all of it can fade away if he fails to square off against his biggest contemporaries. As of now, he is looking to come back, but only time will tell whether Garcia goes for the best competition or a below-average test.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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