Ryan Garcia Makes a Painful Admission About His Bone Health

Published 10/28/2021, 4:23 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 30: Ryan Garcia participates in a media work out at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on October 30, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sye Williams/Getty Images)


23-year-old Ryan Garcia recently announced his return to training on social media. A few weeks later, news broke out of a matchup between Garcia and Joseph Diaz.

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Considering the magnitude of this fight, fans were pumped to see both fighters finally back in action; however, this fight has now been postponed because of an injury.

Ryan Garcia recently underwent surgery for a severe hand injury that he suffered in training. He later updated his followers on social media that his surgery had been successful. The lightweight contender recently shared greater insight into what actually happened to his hand in a new YouTube video.

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Garcia highlighted the core details of the medical procedure that he went through a few days back. He also revealed that he’s fought with arthritis his entire boxing career. In the new video, he also suggested that his latest surgery focussed on removing a bone in his hand that had arthritis.

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I mean, it’s a pretty quick surgery. I know they’re taking out the bone that broke off and that’s causing all my inflammation and they’re going to clean up some of my ligaments, I have a few tears. They’re also going to take out this bone right here that has arthritis.

He said that I don’t need this bone. He said but it’s also causing you pain. I’ve been fighting with arthritis my whole career. How do I have arthritis at 23? Well obviously, boxing,” said Ryan Garcia.

Ryan Garcia needs to fight more frequently

Word spread around a few months back that Garcia had been booked to fight Javier Fortuna in July. However, as fans finally started looking forward to his comeback, ‘King Ry’ announced his decision to back out from that fight. He stepped out of that fight as he needed some time off to focus on his mental health.

Later, as his December fight with JoJo Diaz also collapsed due to his recent injury, naturally, it raised a lot of concerns within the boxing community. Considering that Garcia is one of the promising contender at 130 as well as the 135 division, it is natural for fans to want him to fight more frequently.

Even Garcia’a teammate and the p4p king, Canelo Alvarez, believes the 23-year-old is wasting his prime years by remaining inactive.

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)

Look, Ryan has a lot of talent. But to me, in my eyes, he’s wasting a lot of time and wasting his talent. I look at him and don’t see him 100 percent dedicated and, to us, that’s a bad signal. We always remind him as a team to come to the gym – to train, and to learn because you need to be in the gym.

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You’re learning day-by-day, at the very minimum fighting five times a year. When I was beginning my career, I did 15 fights in one year. That’s where I was at the beginning of my career. So definitely he needs to be a little more dedicated,said Canelo Alvarez.

However, Ryan Garcia wants to put this year in his past. With his surgery behind him now, he has now promised a stronger return in early 2022. He believes that the surgery has repaired his hand and that he now has “danger in both hands“.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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