The year 2021 started off great for Ryan Garcia, but gradually became duller and duller and action less. The former WBC interim lightweight champion, who held on to his title almost for the first half of 2021, missed out on his next fights due to suffering from mental health issues and an unforeseen hand injury, putting him out of action for the rest of the year. However, ‘King Ryan’ has successfully undergone surgery on his hand and wants to make a strong comeback in the next year.
Ryan Garcia now has ‘danger in both hands’ as he plans to return next year
Back in May, Ryan Garcia revealed that he was dealing with anxiety and depression, which not only caused his July bout against Javier Fortuna to be dropped, he also he subsequently lost his interim champion status.
Just when his next fight against the current interim champion Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz was confirmed for 27th November, bad luck struck Garcia again as he sustained injuries on his right hand and wrist during a training session, and the fight was called off once again as he was due a surgery which would put him out of action for the rest of 2021.
However, the surgery at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center turned out successful, and following his discharge on Monday evening, a joyful Garcia expressed his happiness for being on the path of total recovery.
“Massive success,” Garcia worded in on the surgery, “now I have danger in both hands. Beware! I’m very happy.”
“I promise early 2022, I will return better,” the 23-year-old further asserted, “very unlucky for me this year, breaking my hand from sparring just sealed the deal for this year. I won’t let this stop me from accomplishing my dreams.”
“it’s a bad chapter but not the end of my book,” Garcia added. [H/T Boxing Scene]
While Ryan Garcia awaits his recovery and comeback next year, JoJo Diaz is already planning his next move- a direct confrontation with WBC’s lightweight world champion Devin Haney, a fight which Matchroom MD Eddie Hearn proposes to hold on 4th December.
- Ryan Garcia undergoes surgery on his right hand for injuries sustained during practice
- The injuries put him away from the upcoming fight against Joseph Diaz on 27th November
- Ryan Garcia promises a superb comeback in 2022