Ryan Garcia Narrates Near Death Experience During Weight Cutting

Published 03/27/2021, 2:20 AM EDT
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)


Akin to several professional combatants, Ryan Garcia has also suffered the consequences of an extreme weight cut. ‘KingRy’ has claimed that he has experienced a near-death experience. The 22-year-old competes at the 135 lbs roster and is currently the WBC Interim lightweight champion.

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However, his natural weight is believed to be much more and Garcia has also hinted at shifting weight classes in the future, but he needs to be alert while doing so. In his recent podcast, ‘KingRy’ opened up on an incident when he shed some serious weight and how it affected his normal life.

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Recalling the incident, the WBC Interim champion said, “- I literally one time was cutting weight from 150 to 130 and mind you 130 is like nothing, right? And I am like barely walking at one point. Like I try to run and I just completely go to walking. Because I am so melt. Like I am just out of it.”

Meanwhile, the weight shift came with several more sacrifices. This included a severe drop in his food consumption habits, as he had to change his diet. It appeared to be extremely difficult a task for the youngster and showcased his dedication his profession.

He added, “And I am living off on one grape a day and eight ounces of protein shake. That’s it, that’s all I have all day. Mind you and I am still training. So, I am kind of f**** losing it a little bit and I am trying to figure out any way to lose this weight.”

What’s next for Ryan Garcia?

Garcia has successfully overcome those conditions to become the undisputed WBC Interim 135 lbs champion. While he continues to hold the title, several big opportunities are waiting ahead for him.

Still fresh from his TKO win against Luke Campbell in January, Garcia has already teased a fight against WBA 135 lbs champion Gervonta Davis. Meanwhile, he also teased a fight against Manny Pacquiao, which ultimately ended up as a rumor. However, given his record, skill, and mandatory status, there will be no dearth of opponents for him.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Garcia poses after defeating Romero Duno in a lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia won with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Considering Garcia’s skill and accolades at an early age, he is a prime prodigy of the sport and with his global stardom, it’s safe to envision a brighter future for him.

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Do you think Ryan Garcia will become the undefeated world champion at 135 lbs?

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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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