Ryan Garcia Considered Ending His Life in 2021: ‘It Got Super Dark’

Published 12/25/2021, 6:00 AM EST
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia reacts after defeating Luke Campbell during the WBC Interim Lightweight Title fight at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)


Ryan Garcia began the year 2021 with a banger and stopped Luke Campbell for the WBC Interim lightweight title in January. He then pitched some massive blockbusters for himself and vowed to remain active throughout the calendar. However, it didn’t go per plan.

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‘KingRy’ failed to bag his desired matchups against Gervonta Davis and Manny Pacquiao and also walked out from two of his scheduled bouts. While the entire lightweight division saw some stellar matchups happen, Garcia stayed on the sidelines. He publicly expressed about facing a mental setback during the phase, which affected his boxing ride.

As we are approaching the year end now, Garcia freshly opened on his mental issues and claimed to have thought about ending his life.

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He said, “I went through a hard year. Everything came tumbling down on me mentally. It was a hard time in my life. It got really dark, it got super dark. To This point [where] I didn’t know if I wanted to live anymore. I had a lot of thoughts about that throughout the year.” (H/T:- ESPN ringside)

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Well, he sounded optimistic about the upcoming year and clarified to inspire people with his actions. That said, he envisioned a bright year ahead for his boxing progress too.

Garcia continued, “I am right back on track and I am not going to let anything that all these people are saying outside of the ring, trying to come at my character. And who I am as a fighter. I am not going to let any of that get to me.”

Ryan Garcia can take a dive in the best set of opponents

A lot has changed since Garcia had his last professional fight. Teofimo Lopez is no longer the undisputed champion as George Kambosos Jr. vanquished him in November. Meanwhile, Vasyl Lomachenko is once again at the top of the chain and can soon compete for a world title. Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney are also lurking over the division with their respective world titles on the shoulders.

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DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates his victory against Luke Campbell at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)

As Ryan Garcia doesn’t have a world title, he shall try to enter the race. That means, ‘King Ry’ shall only compete in high-voltage fights from now, which will put him into tough challenges.

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Nevertheless, the undefeated youngster is a KO artist and has been on a tear so far. Besides, Garcia has a strong team behind his back and shall look forward to a hefty year ahead, full of activeness.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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